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  1. Dictionary.com’s Situations For Google Arts & Culture

    At Dictionary.com we’re pretty skilled with words and letters, but we wanted to get in touch with our artistic side. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but let’s put the Google bots to the test with these challenging situations.   

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

    The Super Bowl is without a doubt one of the biggest sporting events in the world (World Cup fans, feel free to weigh in here), and an unofficial national holiday in the United States. But, do you know how the Super Bowl got its name? It may (or may not) be related to a toy ball. How did the super bowl get its name? In …

  3. Trending Words This Week

    This week, our word with the biggest search increase was handsome. Up 1069%, handsome had some recent newsworthy recognition. Here are a few of the stories: It’s been 10 years since Heath Ledger’s death, and he’s been remembered this week for his handsome looks on top of his immense talent. In Japan, women are now paying to cry with a handsome man. According to National Geographic, “[there is a] …

  4. 8 Demographic Categories You Might Fall In

  5. Trending Words This Week

    January 17, 2018

  6. “Wife Beater” Shirt? Take It To The Trash!

    How did a violent term become a piece of clothing? We’re in a bubbling cauldron of gender issues, and they’re boiling to the surface. To contribute to this heated discussion, we think there’s no better time to take wife beater, the slang term for that ubiquitous sleeveless white shirt, to the dump for good. But, how did the violent term become associated with a piece …

  7. The Current And Confusing Language Of Politics

  8. Anaphora: Why “I Have a Dream” Was Pure Poetry

    What is anaphora? Anaphora is the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of consecutive sentences, poetry stanzas, or clauses within a sentence. It can be as short as a single word, such as I, when, or and. It can also involve several words, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s anaphoral phrase “I have a dream.” Anaphoral phrases are rarely longer than a few …

  9. What Is Freedom of Speech?

    Which amendment gives us freedom of speech? “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the Constitution We Americans love to refer to the First …

  10. Trending Words This Week

    January 4–January 10

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