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  1. A Lyrical Look At Grammy “Song Of The Year” Hopefuls

    The 2017 Grammy Awards – the glitzy extravaganza honoring the best and brightest in the music industry—are Sunday night on CBS. Music is an emotional thing, and it can reach you in different ways. Sometimes it’s the music of the song, and sometimes the lyrics themselves speak to you. They might remind you of something happening in the here and now, and other times the …

  2. Time For The Doggone Puppy Bowl

    There are two big games being played on Super Sunday, February 5. For football fans, there’s the Falcons and the Patriots. And for puppy fans, Animal Planet presents Puppy Bowl XIII. Team Ruff tangles with Team Fluff for all the marbles. Or all the dog bones. Many dog references have made their way into everyday speech. For example, when it seems as though everyone is …

  3. It’s Groundhog Day!

    February 2nd is Groundhog Day and as the legend has it, we’re supposed to find out if we’re going to have six more weeks of winter, or if spring is right around the corner. Despite all of the fantastic scientific methods man uses to forecast the weather, Groundhog Day always comes down to a chunky little rodent named Punxsutawney Phil, supposedly named after King Phillip. …

  4. She Turned The World On With Her Smile: A Farewell To Mary Tyler Moore

    Mary Tyler Moore passed away today at the age of 80 due to complications related to diabetes. She had been in poor health for some time. Moore first burst into America’s collective pop culture consciousness in the 1960s with her winsome portrayal of Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She then rose to superstardom on the eponymous Mary Tyler Moore Show—which saw additional …

  5. The Upcoming “Star Wars” Film Now Has A Name

    The latest installment (Episode VIII) of the Star Wars series now has a name. The follow-up to 2016’s The Force Awakens will be titled The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans and even non-fans are quite familiar with the name Jedi: “a person who claims to live according to a philosophy based on that of the fictional Jedi, a caste of wizards in the Star Wars series …

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

    Sunday, February 5 is the date for the latest and greatest Super Bowl, to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will battle for the National Football League title, with one of the winning players ending up at a parade in Orlando the next day. The Super Bowl is without a doubt one of the biggest …

  7. Speech Spikes: Trump’s Inauguration Address

    Donald Trump took the oath of office on Friday, January 20th and officially became the 45th President of the United States of America. Everyone has an opinion on the word choices and speaking styles of politicians, and speeches from world leaders often cause words to spike in lookups on Dictionary.com. Inauguration and inaugurate (to induct into office with formal ceremonies; to install) were the top lookups throughout …

  8. A Full (White) House Of Acronyms

    In today’s 140-word character challenged powered world, abbreviations and assorted acronyms are more prevalent than ever. The most powerful of these acronyms might well reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, otherwise known as the White House—home to POTUS (President of the United States) and FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States). In that POTUS definition, note that only the upper-case version applies to the nation’s Chief …

  9. End of an Era: Word Lookups From Obama’s Farewell Speech

    President Barack Obama’s second and final term is at an end. He gave his farewell speech Tuesday January 10 in Chicago, the city that launched his rise to national prominence. Word choices and speech patterns of our world leaders are a constant source of discussion (and comedy skits), as every administration has a style and at least one tic. Long known as an effective public …

  10. WikiLeaks Uncovers CIA’s Secret Hacking Code Names