In the News

  1. What’s Net Neutrality?

    You may have heard the term “net neutrality” in the news lately. Net neutrality is the idea that the relationship between you and content on the internet shouldn’t be altered by internet service providers—that ISPs should provide nondiscriminatory access to internet content, without manipulating the transfer of data. Take a look at the infographic below for a visual, and check out these net neutrality resources: 7 Quotes That …

  2. The Wonder-ful Nature of Greek God Names

    Batman lurks like a bat in the shadows. Spider-Man slings webs like a radioactive spider. Superman is a literal translation of Friedrich Nietszche’s term ubermensch. And Wonder Woman is…well, what does Wonder Woman’s name tell us about her? A lot, it turns out. When William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the early 1940s, he made her not just Diana, an Amazon princess, but also …

  3. Political Euphemisms: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    A euphemism is a gentle word or expression for a harsh or offensive term.

  4. Let’s Talk About Bitchface

    Wait, what? Bitchface? Yes, bitchface is a word. Some people may find that offensive (why do we swear, anyway?), but it’s also interesting that the word describes a reality that often causes offense—unintentionally! Also called resting bitchface (that’s RBF, of course), bitchy resting face, or chronic bitchface, bitchface most often refers to a facial expression that doesn’t consciously express a particular emotion, but that others …

  5. From Headlines to Hollywood to Hangry: New Words in the Dictionary

    The latest update to Dictionary.com includes over 300 new words and definitions, reflecting everything from news stories to fashion trends. We’ve also updated several existing Dictionary.com entries. Once again, many new words came straight from the headlines, from Black Lives Matter and Burkini to alt-right and clicktivism. Some words like 420 and Kush reflect broader acceptance of marijuana use and culture, as it’s becoming medically …

  6. Have A Slice Of Pi (And Other Homophones)

    March 14 is one of the geekiest days on the calendar. The date is read as 3/14, also known as Pi Day. Strictly geek-speaking, pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π). The character to represent pi is “the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has …

  7. Recuse vs. Resign

    As with many legal and political terms, recuse and resign are often confused with each other. The differences between these terms are important to understand, especially in light of recent calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do both. To recuse means to withdraw from performing legal duties because of potential bias or a conflict of interest. This can apply to judges, jurors, lawyers, and so on, but …

  8. Wanna Get Away? 9 Synonyms For Screwing Up

    We’ve all had moments where we’ve really and truly screwed something up. An epic mistake (OK, maybe not on a historic, global scale like the February 26, 2017 Oscars). But still, we’re human, and mistakes do happen. There are a lot of words to describe things going south in a hurry. We’ve gathered a few here. You’ll notice they’re all very close in definition. Maybe …

  9. Exoplanets And Planets: The Truth Is Out There

    Exoplanets are in the news, and not just because Google did a doodle on them, either. On February 22, 2017, news of the discovery of seven new exoplanets was announced by NASA. This may be a new word for you non-NASA geeks out there. Let’s examine the difference between planets and exoplanets. A planet is sometimes also called a major planet. It’s any of the …

  10. And The Award Goes To…

    The four major performing arts honor their respective members with separate and distinct award ceremonies. Some award recipients may show disdain for the process and boycott the presentation, but others seem happy to accept the recognition of their peers on the world stage. It’s interesting to note that three of the four award ceremonies make use of peoples names for their award, while the fourth …