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  1. 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 …

  2. 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 …

  3. 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 …

  4. Pesky Homophones: Too, To, And Two

    The three words too, to and two sound exactly alike but have three distinct usages! They are classic examples of what we refer to as homophones—words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. They often end up in the wrong spot in written language as a result of an over-eager spellcheck program on your phone. Let’s examine which one fits in the …

  5. 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 …

  6. 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 …

  7. 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 …

  8. 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 …

  9. 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 …

  10. 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 …

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