Yearly Archives: 2017

  1. Bedizen: Visual Word of the Day

    Fancy dress has changed a lot over time, but this word hasn’t stopped being fun to use. Bedizen entered the English language in the 17th century and is an obsolete term with a complex etymology. It’s a derivative of the even more uncommon verb dizen, which related to the spinning of flax to make clothing.

  2. These are the words that defined 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on the words that impacted all of us, for better or for worse. American leadership made bold communication choices in 2017: Fury replaced diplomacy. Accusations of collusion distracted from the truth. Covfefe gave us some much needed comic relief in an era of Presidency by Tweet. (No, we’re not adding it to the dictionary…at least not yet.) …

  3. What is the “War on Christmas”?

    What is the “War on Christmas”? Christmastime. A festive season for family, food, and warfare? Perhaps, you’re familiar with the “War on Christmas” that’s been raging over the last several years. It stems from the radical belief that multiculturalism is shadowing traditional American values. The provocative phrase has been linked to figures like President Donald Trump (remember “[People] don’t use the word Christmas . . …

  4. It’s A Blithesome Holiday Word of the Day Quiz

    It’s a Dictionary.com propine: The Word of the Day Quiz! Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)! If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Improve your vocabulary with our Visual Word of the Day videos. See this week’s here.  

  5. Dictionary.com’s Night Before Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas at Dictionary.com . . . Not a laptop was stirring . . . just some RAM and some ROM New words have been logged by our lexicographers with care They will post them online in the new year to share The writers were sleeping with tablets on their right In case new inspiration should arrive in the night When out in our lobby …

  6. Abubble: Visual Word of the Day

    As fun as it is to say, it’s even better to experience.

  7. What The Nog: What’s Eggnog?

    What’s in eggnog? Frothy, creamy eggnog is a festive favorite in England, Canada, and America. This winter drink consists of milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. There are many versions of the drink, using alcohols like rum, brandy, whiskey, and bourbon. And, it often is flavored with everything from molasses to cinnamon to nutmeg to dried pumpkin. Now, there’s even soynog or nutnog, a version of …

  8. Tidings of a Word of the Day Quiz!

    No need for a cri de coeur, we’ve got another Word of the Day Quiz ready for you right here! Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)! If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Improve your vocabulary with our Visual Word of the Day videos. See this week’s here.  

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    Mishpocha: Visual Word of the Day

    Here’s to celebrating the holidays with your mishpocha.

  10. Quiz Yourself On The Meanings Of These Names

    What’s Really In A Name? Ever wonder what your name (or your best friend’s name, your significant other’s name, your mom’s name) means? Here’s your chance to find out how well you know the Dictionary.com definition of words that are also people’s names. The game is simple. Read the dictionary definition and match it with the correct word/name. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try …

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