Arts & Entertainment

  1. We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For These Words

    He may have been ūüé∂dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalorūüé∂¬†… but by now we all know Alexander Hamilton grew up to be a hero and a scholar. However, did you know the first secretary of the treasury was also quite the linguist? Since Lin Manuel Miranda turned Hamilton from a mysterious face on our $10 …

  2. How to Speak Queer Eye

    It didn’t take very long for the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye to sneak into America’s chests and start fiddling with those heartstrings. But, it wasn’t until season two (now out on the streaming service) that the Fab 5 worked the lexical magic that made the team at Dictionary.com stand up and take notice. We can believe. Spoiler alert … some Queer Eye plot points …

  3. The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

    Do you know all the words to ‚ÄúThe Star-Spangled Banner‚ÄĚ? Many people have difficulty memorizing the lyrics of the first verse of this song, which is commonly performed at sports events and other public gatherings. But did you know that there are three additional verses that we almost never hear? How Did the “Star-Spangled Banner” Become the US National Anthem? In 1814, the poet and …

  4. Last Month in Pop Language: “This Is America” And Other May #1’s

    by Molly Rosen Marriner It’s another installment of Last Month in Pop Language, a column where the most popular (statistically) song, book, and film of the month will have their words analyzed in hopes of drawing a conclusion about language‚Äôs current usage‚ÄĒand future. At the end of each monthly column, we‚Äôll draw a conclusion: Was last month‚Äôs pop language¬†masterly,¬†malevolent, or merely¬†meh? Film:¬†Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: …

  5. Everyday Words With Completely Different Meanings In Rap

  6. If Aliens Watched Our Media, They’d Describe Us With These Words

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    In Omnia Paratus And Other Latin Phrases You’ve Heard While Streaming

    Whether you’re speaking, reading, or writing in English, you can’t get very far before you stumble on a word with Latin influence. Aside from the estimated 60 percent of English words have roots in Latin, you can’t pull out a book, pull up a YouTube video, or switch on Netflix¬†these days without hearing some Latin phrases in your favorite movies, songs, and novels. From Gilmore …

  8. Dictionary.com’s Top 10 Memes You Need To Know How To Use

  9. TV Shows And Songs That Improved Our Vocabulary

    While some TV shows might not make us smarter (that's right reality TV, we're talking to you), there are others (and popular songs, too) that help enhance our language skills. We take a look at ten songs and shows that help improve our vocabulary.

  10. Literary Bullies Who Are Meaner Than We Remembered

    Bullies are discussed a lot these days, but they aren’t something new. Tormenters have been around for a long time … especially in literature. Let’s take an inside look at the characters who are bullies and learn about their consequences. Marion Hawthorne In the 1964 children’s novel,¬†Harriet the Spy¬†by¬†Louise Fitzhugh,¬†Marion Hawthorne is a smart-mouthed, entitled classroom bully. It’s never determined why she is so mean,¬†but …

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