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Cute, Creepy, and Cool Collective Nouns

What do word nerds and animal-lovers have in common? I’ll give you a hint: It’s not a love for Latin names. It’s an appreciation for a fun and quirky collective noun. What is a collective noun? These words describe a

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How to Start a Book Club

With the arrival of summer and the end of the school year upon us, it’s a good time to take stock of our reading goals for the year. After all, summer is a perfect time for reading, whether it’s enjoying

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Medial S: The Old English S That Looks Like F

Have you ever looked at a picture of a really old document or an inscription on the wall of an old building and thought, “Why are there F’s instead of S’s? Did F stand for S back then?” But no,

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Want to Read More Books? Join the Club

We all know the benefits of curling up with a good book, both educational and psychological, and yet, like Henry Bemis, it seems like we never have enough time to do it. The to-read list just keeps growing, and in

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Deciphering the Lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne”

“Should old acquaintance be forgot” … something, something, mine? It’s easy enough to mumble your way through this traditional New Year’s song, especially considering that you might’ve had a bit too much champagne by that point anyway. But learning a

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