Yearly Archives: 2017

  1. Dundrearies: Visual Word of the Day

    Bringing dundrearies back.

  2. Getty

    Holy $#!%: Where Did The Symbolic Swear Come From?

    Why is @#$%&! naughty? When the force of a swear word is too extreme (but some form of cuss must be used) symbolic stand-ins have long been used for lewdness. Suffice it to say, any emotional keyboard-striker can blurt out something that people perceive as a sub for swears. Whether it’s to diminish the force of swear, to get around censorship rules, or maybe just because symbols are @#$%ing cool …

  3. Betterment | Video

    Mark is an artist. Mark practices for the betterment of his art. Mark is driven. Be like Mark.

  4. getty

    Did You Just Interrupt . . . My Sentence?

    What’s an interrupter? Interrupters—like this little guy right here—are squeezing into more and more contemporary writing. They’re often the goofy/sarcastic “wink-wink-nudge-nudge” asides writers play with in nonacademic writing and online content. Also called insertions, interrupting phrases, or parenthetical expressions, interrupters are words, phrases, or clauses that break the flow of writing—because if the author feels like it, why not?—to offer additional, can’t-be-held-back, or spur-of-the-moment thoughts …

  5. It’s A New Cockcrow, Time To Test Your Vocabulary!

    There’s no benevolence here . . . you’ll need real skill to ace this 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.  

  6. Affect Vs. Effect

    Affect or effect? Both of these words are verbs and nouns and their meanings overlap. Very confusing! This slippery duo can send even experienced writers into a spiral of uncertainty. Especially, since many people pronounce them in almost the exact same way. Here’s a basic guideline: Generally, we use affect as a verb (an action word) and effect as a noun (an object word). What …

  7. Let’s Pause And Talk About Commas

    What is a comma? You’ve probably heard a lot of things about the comma. A comma (,) signifies a short pause in a sentence. It can also divide clauses (“parts of a sentence”) or items in a list. It is often used to create division or to improve the clarity of a sentence. When do I use a comma? 1. To signal a pause In writing, commas usually …

  8. getty

    ‘Tis the Season To Learn More About ‘Tis

    What does ‘tis mean? Well, it’s an old—very old—contraction of it is. The apostrophe replaces the i in the word it to create ’tis . . . not quite how we create contractions today. According to Google’s Ngram Viewer, the contraction ’tis was a fan favorite in the early 1700s. At this time, it was likely used more often than it’s. Why is ’tis used? ‘Tis is also known as a proclitic. This …

  9. GETTY

    Cockcrow: Visual Word of the Day

    Don’t be a Rodney. Let people sleep past cockcrow.

  10. Word of the Year 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time for us to reflect on the words that impacted all of us this year—for better or for worse. At Dictionary.com, the Word of the Year serves as a symbol of the year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends. Our 2017 Word of the Year Is Complicit. Complicit means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable …