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  1. The Roman Numeral Bowl: Are You Ready For Some Football?

    The Super Bowl is without a doubt one of the biggest sporting events in the world (World Cup fans, feel free to weigh in here), and an unofficial national holiday in the United States. But, do you know how the Super Bowl got its name? It may (or may not) be related to a toy ball. How did the super bowl get its name? In …

  2. Trending Words This Week

    This week, our word with the biggest search increase was handsome. Up 1069%, handsome had some recent newsworthy recognition. Here are a few of the stories: It’s been 10 years since Heath Ledger’s death, and he’s been remembered this week for his handsome looks on top of his immense talent. In Japan, women are now paying to cry with a handsome man. According to National Geographic, “[there is a] …

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    I Am A Feminist, What’s Your Superpower?

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    President Trump’s Favorite Words

  5. 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 …

  6. A History: Dictionary.com’s Word of the Year

  7. Clickbait Isn’t New

    Clickbait existed before clicking did “When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop!” “Baby ducks see water for the first time—can you BELIEVE what they do?” Confronted with such emotionally charged lines, it’s almost impossible not to click. Do the tykes tumble into a vat of chocolate syrup? Are ducklings reaching for toothpaste to brush their beaks? Can you …

  8. Terms To Know In Order To Seal The Deal

  9. The Strange Names of Infamous Hackers

  10. Take a Knee, Burn a Bra

    Famous Calls to Action Phrases like “sit-in” or “bra burning” might not currently mean much to you. But, we’re here to help you sort out the top 10 most famous calls to action, so you don’t accidentally find yourself taking out your nemesis’s knee. Or igniting your frontside. 1. Taking a Knee “Taking a knee” has become a buzz phrase capable of stirring heated conversation. …