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Where Alcoholic Drinks Got Their Names

Let’s take a deep dive into the etymology of alcohol.

Is "R" a Vowel?

R is an incredibly weird letter; it's a wonder that we use one symbol to represent them.

How Brands Ruin Slang

What makes a word slang, and why does it sound so weird when companies use it?

About Otherwords

Otherwords digs deep into this quintessential human trait of language and finds the fascinating, thought-provoking, and funny stories behind the words and sounds we take for granted. Incorporating the fields of biology, history, cultural studies, literature and more, linguistics has something for everyone and offers a unique perspective into what it means to be human.

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