Thursday, March 29, 2018

8 Surprisingly Common Words That Were Coined in America

America. So often the linguistic punching bag of my British compatriots. So often the nation “where everyone don’t talk proper”. So often a place that should "mind its own business because we invented the bloody English language so I think we are the experts in how to pronounce the words." I mean, let’s ignore the fact that the English language borrowed heavily from Germanic, French, Latin, Greek, and countless other languages, and—while we’re at it—let’s pretend for a moment that America has not, itself, been a fairly recent contributor to the language. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7 US States Named After British Kings and Queens | Finding America

Throughout the United States’ history, many cultures have stamped their legacies across America, from the Native Americans to the Spaniards, to the French and the Germans. But in the original 13 colonies and beyond, you’ll also find hundreds of callbacks to the very nation from whom America gained her independence: Great Britain. Here are 7 U.S. states named after actual British kings and queens.