If you’ve been searching for that one descriptor for a phenomenon you are sure exists outside of your reading experience, I’m hopeful you will find it here.
There are so many museums out there in the world, and finally there is going to be a museum dedicated to words and language. The museum will be located in Washington, DC, which is also home to the first ever African American Museum. Now it will be home to the first ever word and language museum, right in the city’s heart, inside the historic Franklin School.
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It is going to be 51,000 square feet and it will have many different exhibits. The museum is designed to educate people on the different languages from around the world. There will be eleven galleries, and they will focus on the written, spoken, and even sung words. The experiences within the galleries will be immersive, and one actually has karaoke. Imagine how fun that one will be. You’ll even be able to recite famous speeches, such as Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. There will also be a 22 foot long word wall with over 1,000 activated words that will light up and tell stories about their journey within the English language.
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There will also be a section where people can use small brushes to paint a scene that will change the virtual landscape of the exhibit. How exciting is that? This museum will definitely be the place to visit when you go to DC. It’s exciting, new, and different, and an experience you don’t want to miss out on.
The Museum will open its doors on May 31, 2020.
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Did you know Shakespeare invented more than 1700 words? Probably. Maybe. There’s a bunch of controversy. Still, he definitely invented some words we use every day. You can probably find the long list if you really want, but here are seven. You may sense a theme.
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This is a pretty pedestrian word. Obviously Shakespeare didn’t invent the idea of counting, but he did give us a useful way to talk about it. It’s definitely faster than saying ‘without measure’.
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What would we do without the word gloomy? No synonym comes close. Dark? Shadowy? Get out of here. In this, the gloomiest season, it’s only right we honor the word itself.
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Where would we be without critics? How would we know what super hero movies are actually worth the trouble? In 2019, it’s hard, and I say that as a fan.
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Another one that’s hella seasonably appropriate. Another one where there are no good synonyms, though I feel like if you want to convey it there are some fun gothic options.
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This one’s got ‘devout’ but pious does have a different vibe, maybe more smugness? Whatever it is, you can never have too many synonyms. Words, words, words.
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Whatever would we do without lonely? Loneliness, lonesome, just a lot of feeling in a small space. Shakespeare knew what was up, though it doesn’t seem like HE was ever alone.
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Majestic is a great word, for both serious and ironic usage (a lot of the images I found were derpy lions and unlikely centaurs). It conveys something ‘great’ just doesn’t.
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Whatever we call it, it’s almost here—you know, that time when we change our clocks in a way that’s us NOT snoozing our alarms. Apparently, there’s been some debate over how this phenomenon is spelled. So, take a moment to honestly evaluate whether you spell it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time… and whether or not you’re right.
Life is full of embarrassing moments, and language is no exception. Maybe yours was the moment you realized ‘irregardless’ isn’t a word—and hornswaggle somehow is (it means to deceive or trick). Chances are, nobody’s called you out on your spelling of Daylight Saving(s) Time, but that’s possibly because they also don’t know which is correct.
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Before you find out the answer, really consider whether or not you say it Daylight Saving Time or Daylight Savings Time. Say it aloud to yourself so that, when the answer comes, there will be no denying whether you’re right or wrong.
Are you ready to feel like a fool? It’s…
Sounds fake, right? Well, we’re not trying to hornswaggle you. Don’t worry—even if you’re wrong, you’re in good company: just today, CNN analyzed the breakdown of Team Saving vs. Team Savings based on Google results for each term. Just to rub in that literally millions of us are wrong, the results show that Team Saving has a substantial seven-million person lead.
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It turns out, the misnomer likely originated from the prevalence of similar phrases, such as ‘savings account’ or ‘life’s savings.’ But even if there are various possible reasons for your mistake, there’s only one possible conclusion: you’re wrong*. Sorry!
*For the record, I was also wrong.
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