Yearly Archives: 2014

  1. Wednesday Winner: Flapdragon

    Today’s Word of the Day was chosen by Lauren S. from Oakland, CA. Flapdragon means “a game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections!

  2. Word of the Day Quiz: February 24, 2015

  3. Wednesday Winner: Consanguinity

    Today’s Word of the Day was chosen by Lara L. from Spicewood, TX. Consanguinity means a “close relationship or connection.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections!

  4. What Does “Winter Solstice” Mean?

    The winter solstice lasts for just one moment. It occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is farthest away from the sun. This usually happens around December 21 or 22 in the Northern Hemisphere or June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, during the solstice the sun will be at its southernmost point in the sky. The higher …

  5. Word of the Day Quiz: February 17, 2015

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    11 Trending Words of 2014

    Last year people couldn’t stop talking about twerk, selfie, and cronut, but what words captured people’s curiosity in 2014? To isolate the words that garnered new attention in 2014, we looked how this year’s lookups shifted in rank compared to 2013. Here are 11 that piqued our interest.

  7. Word Fact: Let’s vs. Lets

    In the comments of our Word Fact post about the difference between affect and effect, Carolyn K. wrote: Please, please, please, I beg you to do Lets vs. Let’s. Every sports team’s media/PR department does it wrong, and it drives me absolutely out of my mind! This lets us address another great topic, since these terms are often confused—let’s figure it out!

  8. Wednesday Winner: Chutzpa

    Today’s Word of the Day was chosen by Prutha L. from Mumbai, India. Prutha chose chutzpa for its interesting pronunciation. Chutzpa means “unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections!

  9. Word of the Day Quiz: February 10, 2015

  10. Vocabulary Unplugged: Technology and the Lexicon

    Even the least tech-savvy lexicographer understands that technology is a robust source of new words. As technologies move from the realm of science fiction into our everyday realities, new words and meanings spring up around them. While it is expected that names for these new technologies and the words describing our interaction with them are regularly entering the language, there are less obvious coinages that …