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  1. From Suffrage to Sisterhood: What Does Feminism Actually Mean?

    International Women’s Day (March 8th) is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing women in our lives. It’s also a time to remember how far women have come over the course of American history, and the inspiring women who made it happen. From the suffragist movement of the 1800s to the Women’s March in Washington in 2017, women have used the enduring power of language to …

  2. Posthumously And Other Trending Words This Week

    1. Posthumously trended this week (increasing in searches by 102%) as the country still isn’t over the Parkland, Florida school shooting and neither are we. As Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students went back to school this week, the country (for the most part) applauded the heroism and activism that they’ve displayed. And, they’ve inspired action in all of us too—Dick’s Sporting Goods for the …

  3. Outcry And Other Trending Words This Week

    Inept was up 186% in searches this week . . . and this time it’s about somebody else’s dysfunctional government and leadership team. The Times helped us explain this one: “Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister, and his deputy, Barnaby Joyce, traded extraordinary public barbs yesterday over an adulterous affair that has gripped the nation and fractured the government. Mr Turnbull said his deputy had ‘appalled everyone’ …

  4. 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 …

  5. 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 …

  7. Dictionary.com’s Ideas For Olympic Events

  8. Fun With Flags

  9. The Strangest Winter Olympic Events

  10. Pissant And Other Trending Words This Week

    January 25th–January 31st, 2018

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