In the News

  1. What’s Net Neutrality?

    You may have heard the term “net neutrality” in the news lately. Net neutrality is the idea that the relationship between you and content on the internet shouldn’t be altered by internet service providers—that ISPs should provide nondiscriminatory access to internet content, without […]

  2. The Wonder-ful Nature of Greek God Names

    Batman lurks like a bat in the shadows. Spider-Man slings webs like a radioactive spider. Superman is a literal translation of Friedrich Nietszche’s term ubermensch. And Wonder Woman is…well, what does Wonder Woman’s name tell us about her? A lot, […]

  3. Political Euphemisms: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

    A euphemism is a gentle word or expression for a harsh or offensive term.

  4. Let’s Talk About Bitchface

    Wait, what? Bitchface? Yes, bitchface is a word. Some people may find that offensive (why do we swear, anyway?), but it’s also interesting that the word describes a reality that often causes offense—unintentionally! Also called resting bitchface (that’s RBF, of […]

  5. From Headlines to Hollywood to Hangry: New Words in the Dictionary

    The latest update to Dictionary.com includes over 300 new words and definitions, reflecting everything from news stories to fashion trends. We’ve also updated several existing Dictionary.com entries. Once again, many new words came straight from the headlines, from Black Lives […]

  6. Have A Slice Of Pi (And Other Homophones)

    March 14 is one of the geekiest days on the calendar. The date is read as 3/14, also known as Pi Day. Strictly geek-speaking, pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet (II, π). The character to represent pi […]

  7. Recuse vs. Resign

    As with many legal and political terms, recuse and resign are often confused with each other. The differences between these terms are important to understand, especially in light of recent calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to do both. To […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. 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 […]