Word Trends & Stories

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    Code Words You Use When All You Really Want To Say Is S.E.X!

  2. What Is Code-switching?

    A little context … We recently went on a vacation to Texas to visit relatives. Not being from Texas, we were nervous about not knowing the customs or whether or not we would be accepted by a culture foreign to our own. So, when our relatives told us we were going to the neighbors for a barbecue, strong anxiety kicked in … almost immediately. The …

  3. We’re Scrutators Of The Words In This Word Of The Day Quiz!

    Just like you told your father on Father’s Day, this quiz is paragon! If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Improve your vocabulary with our Visual Word of the Day videos.   Not sure what some of the definitions of these words mean? We found some items (linked below) to help give a little more context …   scrutator blamestorming …

  4. Gulag And Other Trending Words This Week

    Whether it’s CNN host Jake Tapper tweeting or Canadian officials making statements to the press, the news tends to make an impact on what people search in the dictionary. Here’s a peek at the words that had folks guessing this week! Ad hominem Tensions between the United States and our northern neighbor, Canada, are at an all-time high this week, with President Donald Trump and …

  5. What The F*** Is Whisky Tango Foxtrot And Other Army Lingo

    Given the size and manpower of the US Army, it’s no surprise that its lingo has gradually invaded everyday conversation. Not many of us keep a Purple Heart framed on our desk, though (i.e., we have no idea what these words and phrases mean even though we hear them all the time). Here’s the best explanations we can come up with as to what these military phrases …

  6. Do You Cringe At The Sound Of These Words?

  7. Which Generation Are You From?

  8. Pardon And Other Trending Words

    From the president’s Twitter account to a horse with an unusual name, searches for the meaning of words took folks into some unusual areas of Dictionary.com this week. Pardon President Donald Trump’s assertion that he can pardon himself didn’t just have the Twitterverse talking. It also sent searches for the meaning of pardon up 328% this week. We can’t say whether or not a president …

  9. The United States of Diversity: Borders

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity by Taneesh Khera In April, 2018 I traveled to India for a college friend’s wedding. When I came back, I read part of this essay to two friends, and we began to discuss borders and what they’ve become today. That conversation was inspiration for this episode, so grab a cushion and get comfortable for the United States of Diversity: Borders. …

  10. Last Month in Pop Language: “This Is America” And Other May #1’s

    by Molly Rosen Marriner It’s another 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 meh? Film: Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: …

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