The other day I was explaining about the „good knight“. The observant ones already see where I‘m headed. While on paper it doesn't show, orally it creates a confusion and is mistaken for „good night“. Homophones are tricky words that sound the same while spelled differently. Today, in our language article, we check out the most common homophones.
Grammar is generally not the most popular subject under the sun, regardless of the language or the place. The nuances range from insignificant mistakes to serious errors that can even completely change the meaning of a statement. And this is where the fun begins. Where do people make the most mistakes in English grammar? Check it out.
One day you are an average person and suddenly, the very next day, your name becomes an item in a dictionary. An Eponym is a person after whom an invention, phenomenon, or discovery is named. Many Eponyms have become brand names, while many have come from books. Many historical eponyms are also based on mythological or religous persons. Today we look at the origins of the most famous eponyms, the ones that are used on a daily basis.
"Awfully pretty","virtual reality" and the "only choice"... these are a few examples of the daily use of oxymorons – rhetorical phrases with self-contradictory meanings. Some of them have been fully integrated into daily life. Do you use oxymorons often? Check out our gallery.
Encountering a word that contradicts its own meaning can be a challenge to understanding. Nevertheless, such words exist, and are called contronyms, and their opposite meaning depends on the context of the sentence. On the other hand, many of them are well known and commonly used in both ways. How this works in practice will be found in this article.
Words or sentences that read the same backwards and forwards have been a popular pastime since ancient times. One of the oldest ones dates back to 79 AD. Given their highly visible occurence across today’s internet, Palindromes don't seem to be fading away. While some are practically usable, others sound more like disconnected statements from another world.
Pronunciation challenges don’t just come in the form of specially created tongue twisters. There are names around the world that are everyday challenges for all the people who use them, whether it is the first name, city name or the train station. Visit these with us and see some of the longest names in the world.
Any given word in one language can mean something quite different in another language. Mostly these are just innocent differences in meaning, but here and there some of the differences can create embarrassing situations if the nuances are overlooked. In one instance, a brand was introduced in a new foreign market and not only failed, but had to be removed from all the shelves because the brand name had a double meaning which happened to be vulgar and inappropriate in the country of introduction. Check it out.
The longest words in most languages are a challenge. Perhaps that´s why they are not often used and commonly remain curiosities in dictionaries. Here are some of the most complicated ones, some running on and on, and taking up whole lines.
Tongue twisters are certainly not mindless and silly games for children. They are a good exercise for everyone who needs to get fluent and pronounce well in a language – for example before a speech. Similarities in words and tongue twisters are a great help to be able to differentiate. Here are some of the best ones.