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  1. Curling And Other Trending Words This Week

    Mendacity was our top trending word this week, peaking at an 845% increase in searches this week. So, what’s mendacity? Lying, untruthfulness, falsehoods—all mendacity. Here’s why it’s newsworthy this week: Trump haw some mendacity, for sure. Even his lawyers know it, which is why they are advising him not to meet with Mueller re: the Russia investigation, because lying to the FBI, even if you aren’t under …

  2. The United States of Diversity: Louisiana Creole

    Welcome to Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity series by Taneesh Khera Here, we explore the minority languages of this country and the people who use them. To linguists, no dialect is better than another. They all have merit, since they’ve all emerged from cultural peculiarities unique to the region and its people. Join us in this series, for a trip around the country as we …

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    What Does It Mean To Ask Someone To Be Your “Valentine”?

    When did someone first choose a valentine? Here’s what we know about what it means when you make someone your Valentine. Choosing a sweetheart on this day dates to 14th-century English and French court circles. The act is credited to Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales in which he says: “For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd cometh there to chese …

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

    Do you know all the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”? 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 …

  5. Dictionary.com’s Ideas For Olympic Events

  6. Fun With Flags

  7. The Strangest Winter Olympic Events

  8. Pissant And Other Trending Words This Week

    January 25th–January 31st, 2018

  9. Sports Idioms That Will Explain Everything

  10. The Strangest Names In Sports

    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Loyalty to any one sports team is pretty hard to justify, because the players are always changing; the team could move to another city. You’re actually rooting for the clothes when you get right down to it.” Still, we persist in pouring our heart and soul into following our teams. So, in all this devotion, have you ever wondered where …

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