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Past articles by Paul:

25 Fascinating Facts About Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and consort of Queen Elizabeth II, was born 100 years ago this year, on June 10, 1921. → Read More

20 Words and Phrases Every British Royal Family Enthusiast Should Know

From 'abdication' to 'sovereign grant,' these are terms every fan of the British royal family should have memorized. → Read More

25 Fabulous Facts About Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday July 29, 1981. The ceremony was one of the decade’s biggest events—for good reason. → Read More

13 Times the British Royal Family Broke Official Protocol

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's decision to step back from royal life has been worldwide news, but Britain’s royal past is full of rule-breakers. → Read More

20 Slang Terms From World War I

Though it was more than 100 years ago—on April 6, 1917—that the United States entered the First World War, its effect on our language continues. → Read More

How 20 Animals From Around the World Got Their Names

The etymology of animal names can be confusing—leopard literally means “lion-panther” or “lion-leopard.” → Read More

How 20 Animals Got Their Names

The etymology of animal names can be confusing—leopard literally means “lion-panther” or “lion-leopard.” → Read More

Ira Aldridge: The Black Shakespearean Actor Who Broke Theater's Color Barrier

Ira Aldridge became the first famous African-American actor—but he didn't find fame in the U.S. Here's how he battled prejudice to become the 19th century's "greatest living actor." → Read More

15 Animal Names That Can Be Used As Verbs

From turtles to tigers, you can drop any one of these 15 creatures into your everyday conversation. → Read More

15 Obscure Words Every Pet Owner Needs in Their Vocabulary

If you’re a dog or cat owner, these words are worthy of a place in your vocabulary. → Read More

17 Bizarre Work-Related Ailments

Today's work-related ailments have nothing on these (mostly) historical diseases. You'll be glad you're not suffering from Hatter’s Shakes—or worse, Chimney Sweep's Scrotum. → Read More

12 Old-Timey Ways of Saying “Nonsense”

Gammon and spinach! → Read More

32 Animals Named After the Noises They Make

Onomatopoeia is responsible for a lot more words than you might think. Laugh might have been invented to sound like, well, a laugh. Owl, crow, and raven are all descended from Old English words (ule, crawe, hræfn) that were meant to imitate the owl’s hoot and the crow’s and raven’s squawks. → Read More

19 Colors You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Paint the town falun! → Read More

25 Words That Are Actually Acronyms

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com. → Read More

20 Spanish Phrases You Should Be Using

Add a little fun to your vocabulary by dropping one of these 20 long-overlooked Spanish phrases into conversation. → Read More

20 French Phrases You Should Be Using

According to some estimates, 30 percent of the English language—or roughly one in three English words—is derived directly from French. → Read More

15 Long-Lost Words To Revive This Christmas

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com. → Read More

15 Long-Lost Words To Revive This Christmas

Every time Christmas rolls around it brings with it its own vocabulary of words you barely hear the rest of the year. Here are a few we should bring back. → Read More

40 Excellent E-Words To Enlarge Your Vocabulary

When someone stops what they’re saying to change a word to an even stronger one (as in, “I’m very happy—no, ecstatic to be here”), that’s called "epanorthosis." → Read More