In the News

  1. Clickbait Isn’t New

    Clickbait existed before clicking did “When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop!” “Baby ducks see water for the first time—can you BELIEVE what they do?” Confronted with such emotionally charged lines, it’s almost impossible not to click. Do the tykes tumble into a vat of chocolate syrup? Are ducklings reaching for toothpaste to brush their beaks? Can you …

  2. Terms To Know In Order To Seal The Deal

  3. The Strange Names of Infamous Hackers

  4. Take a Knee, Burn a Bra

    Famous Calls to Action Phrases like “sit-in” or “bra burning” might not currently mean much to you. But, we’re here to help you sort out the top 10 most famous calls to action, so you don’t accidentally find yourself taking out your nemesis’s knee. Or igniting your frontside. 1. Taking a Knee “Taking a knee” has become a buzz phrase capable of stirring heated conversation. …

  5. 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 manipulating the transfer of data. Take a look at the infographic below for a visual, and check out these net neutrality resources: 7 Quotes That …

  6. 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, it turns out. When William Moulton Marston created Wonder Woman in the early 1940s, he made her not just Diana, an Amazon princess, but also …

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

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

  8. 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 course), bitchy resting face, or chronic bitchface, bitchface most often refers to a facial expression that doesn’t consciously express a particular emotion, but that others …

  9. 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 Matter and Burkini to alt-right and clicktivism. Some words like 420 and Kush reflect broader acceptance of marijuana use and culture, as it’s becoming medically …

  10. 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 is “the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant—the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter—which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has …