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Pantone is a familiar term to millions of people, ranging from artists and designers to manufacturers and consumers. Pantone is actually a company based in New Jersey (a subsidiary of Danaher...
English is an impressive language. It boasts a functional vocabulary of about 200,000 words (French and Spanish commonly use only about half that number each), and adds thousands more words each year...
From family heirlooms to antiques shops to museums, many Americans share an obsession with the extremely old. This includes both man-made artifacts, such as a 130,000-year old piece of jewelry, and...
The thought of the smartphone being cutting-edge technology may make teenagers laugh, but there was a time when people didn’t have everything available at the touch of a button. Long-distance...
How long can a creature on Earth live? Animals living on the land, in the air, and in water can, under the right circumstances, live for many decades or even centuries. The oldest-documented...
It sometimes feels as if a year can be summed up in a single word or a phrase. Depending on the year, it might signify a cultural or political phenomenon or preoccupation. It might be a brand new...
In the beginning was the word…. We think and express ourselves in words, read them and write them. Most of the words we use are ordinary, everyday words, such as “yes,” “no,” “please,”...
Recent editions of Webster’s Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary have each had almost half a million words. While most of us use only a few hundred in everyday speech, we often...
The thought of the smartphone being cutting-edge technology may make teenagers laugh, but there was a time when people didn’t have everything available at the touch of a button. Long-distance...
Behind every word there is a decision that was made about how and why a specific combination of letters was going to refer to a certain activity, object, subject, or feeling. And while the English...
Most of the technologies we use today, especially the smartphone, have completely taken over what were considered pioneering devices just a few decades ago. But almost every gadget today has an early...
The English language is constantly changing and adapting to the needs of its users. While new words are created and some old words acquire new meanings, others just fade from use. Of these words we...
Many symbols of the Confederacy — including statues, names, and flags — have been removed from public places nationwide. Still, many state flags to this day contain such divisive symbols,...
Despite the rise of cyber attacks involving things like phishing, denial of service, and malware, people often still create passwords that are easy to crack (simple numerical sequences, for instance,...
We live in a world where robots and robotic technology have become part of our everyday lives. While films such as “Metropolis” and television series like “The Twilight Zone” warned of a...