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  1. The Top (And Best) Baby Names Are Actually Nouns

    Want your child to stand out on the preschool roster? Going with a strong noun name is an all-American tradition. Below are some names that you may not have even realized were nouns. And, with a little help from Babylist (who we love because they named the dictionary and thesaurus as some of the top ways to pick a baby name), we’ve ranked awesome noun-inspired names …

  2. Unhinged And Other Trending Words This Week

    From rapper Kanye West to satirist Andy Borowitz to—who else—President Donald Trump, the trending words this week were driven by a star-studded cast of characters. So, what word really soared into the stratosphere? Unhinged Rumors that White House Chief of Staff had called President Donald Trump “an idiot” and said he was “becoming unhinged” helped boost searches for unhinged this week. But, it may have …

  3. Pansexual And Other Trending Words This Week

    Between her success on the big screen, her chart-topping songs, and her success as a model, record producer and more, there’s not much Janelle Monae can’t do. Her latest accomplishment? Monae scored the top spot in the Dictionary.com Trending Words list with a 6087% jump in searches! Pansexual In an interview with Rolling Stone this week, Monae told the magazine that she initially identified as …

  4. Zelig And Other Trending Words This Week

    For the second time in as many months, former CIA Director John Brennan has thrown searches on Dictionary.com into a tailspin. Last month, Brennan’s retort to President Donald Trump drove people in droves to find out the meaning of the words turpitude, venality, and demagogue. So what word did Brennan use this time (in yet another response to the president)? Kakistocracy  Meaning “a form of …

  5. Quiz Yourself: Can You Tell Good Luck From Bad?

    “Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?” Friday the 13th is upon us. Whether you’re triskaidekaphobic or not, it’s hard not to feel slightly uneasy whenever this date rolls around. There are a lot of words to describe your luck (or lack thereof). Take the quiz and see if you can tell good luck from bad! Want to learn more about Friday the 13th? Read …

  6. Basta And Other Trending Words This Week

    Sometimes, letting out a curse word feels pretty darn good, doesn’t it? How about letting out the word that means “feeling good about cursing?” It’s real, and it skyrocketed to the top of our trending words list this week! Lalochezia Searches for lalochezia, which means “emotional relief gained by using indecent or vulgar language,” climbed a whopping 15,930%. The term has been making the rounds …

  7. Euphoria And Other Trending Words This Week

    Social media has been abuzz this week with talk about—what else—Facebook, and all this talk has put at least one word in the hot seat on Dictionary.com’s trending list! Glib Glib took an abrupt 868% climb earlier in the week when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the term to clap back at Apple CEO Tim Cook, who had criticized the social-media company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. …

  8. Last Month In Pop Language: Black Panther And Other Best Sellers

    by Molly Rosen Marriner This is our first installment of Last Month in Pop Language, a column where the most popular (statistically) song, book, and film of the month will have their words analyzed in hopes of drawing a conclusion about language’s current usage—and future. At the end of each monthly column, we’ll draw a conclusion: Was last month’s pop language masterly, malevolent, or merely …

  9. Perched And Other Trending Words This Week

    It was the interview heard ’round the world, so what happened when Stormy Daniels showed up on 60 Minutes to talk about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump? Let’s just say searches on Dictionary.com heated up! Perched and affair Twitter was abuzz Sunday evening as Daniels described the way the president perched on a bed. Searches for the word shot up 505%, as TV viewers …

  10. Manchurian Candidate And Other Trending Words This Week

    1. Vertigo was up in searches this week by 339%. Here are a couple reasons why: Reader’s Digest did an expose on vertigo in general. Here’s what you need to know, according to them: “What Causes Vertigo? 15 Things Neurologists Wish You Knew”. Digital Trends wrote about some biofeedback headphones that can help people out who have vertigo. So, we have the explanation and the cure . . . …

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