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This Is How You Talk Australian (NSFW)

Australia certainly has a rich vernacular, though one close to indecipherable to anyone outside the country. Fortunately, when it comes to language, we don’t take ourselves that seriously — in fact, we take pleasure in having a microscope put it its more ridiculous aspects — so I’m sure you’ll get a few laughs from this video parodying Australian phrases and concepts… from the perspective of a training college for Indian call centre employees. Features NSFW language.


The Untold History Of How Autocorrect Came To Be

Despite the well-documented foibles of autocorrect, it actually is pretty good at turning my gibberish touch typing into comprehensible if profanity-free prose. For that, we have a man by the name of Bill Vaginal to thank. Erh, I mean Vignola.


The World's Offensive Place Names, Mapped

We’ve all sat in the passenger seat, notionally giving directions to a driver and giggling at the slightly rudely named towns on the map. Fortunately, now you can find all those amusingly offensive place names, across the entire world, on one wonderfully juvenile interactive map. Maybe, perhaps, possibly a little NSFW.


Please Stop Calling Everything A 'Hack'

We have a problem. Be you blogger, journalist, tech writer or commenter, it’s time to stop with the gratuitous overuse of “hacking”. Existence itself is not a hack.


Proof That The English Language Is Crazy And Makes No Sense

English isn’t the hardest language in the world to learn, but it’s definitely a crazy one with wacky rules. Things that apply for some words never seem to be considered for similar ones. Change one letter here and it can sound completely different there but sound the same somewhere else. It’s all pretty ridiculous.


Where The F-Word Comes From

In its various incarnations, the F-word can be a noun, verb, adjective, and even an infix. The Crescent wrench of the English language, the F-bomb has been adding emphasis, vulgarity and spice to our conversations for longer than anyone can remember.


Over 120 Science Journal Papers Pulled For Being Total Gibberish

If you ever find yourself scratching your head over the complicated articles in science and maths journals, don’t feel too bad about yourself. Because there’s a chance that whatever you’re attempting to read is actually 100 per cent, Grade A, peer-reviewed bullshit.


Jimmy Fallon Shows Us (Again) How Dumb We Sound When We Use Hashtags

Jimmy Fallon has teamed up with The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Jonah Hill to point out, for a second time, just how the ridiculous overuse of hashtags is. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Justin Timberlake took part in a similar skit last year. A desperate attempt to cash in on what was a bewildering success? Surely.


How The Colours Got Their Names

Dating back centuries, the names of our everyday colours have origins in the earliest known languages. As different societies developed names for colours, across the globe, isolated cultures went about naming the colours, but they all generally did it in the same order.


What Words Were Invented The Year You Were Born?

As far as humans are concerned, the world didn’t exist until, well, they existed. That means anything that happened before you were born is mere fairy tales and make believe conversation. But what about those words that filled those tales and conversations? When did they start existing? When were those words born? Well, the Oxford English Dictionaries is here to tell you what words were born the year you were born.


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