Slang

  1. Tired Slang We Can All Stop Using Now

    Want to sound totally out of date? Continue using worn out slang words from 2016 (and on) in your vocab. But if you don't want to annoy your friends anymore with phrases from yesterday, you better skip on sliding any of these into the conversation (and add a few new phrases instead).

  2. The Best (And Worst) Scandal-Gates

  3. What a Bawcock! Compliment or Insult?

    Here are some incredible old slang compliments and insults that are so hard to figure out, it’s funny. Like bawcock. That can’t be a compliment. Or can it? You’ll have to take this quiz to find out… If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.

  4. Tasty Nicknames and Edible Endearments

  5. Dirty Minds Think Alike: Old Words That Raise Eyebrows Today

  6. Language Snobs Will Hate These Words

  7. Tubular Words from the 1980s

  8. Infographic: A College Slang Cheat Sheet

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  9. Know Your Collywobbles from Your Mulligrubs with the Dictionary of American Regional English

    Many American English speakers know that people say pop in Chicago, soda in Philadelphia, and coke in New Orleans, and that they all refer to a carbonated, flavored, and sweetened soft drink. But most of us don’t know that a blue norther is a cold wind in Texas or a pogonip is a dense, icy fog in Nevada. Where would one even look up obscure …

  10. selfie

    Selfie: A Portrait of a Word

    As Word of the Year decisions approach, the lexicography team at Dictionary.com has been reflecting on words that have risen in popularity this year. One such word is selfie. In case you’re unfamiliar with this term, selfie means “a photo that one takes of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam, especially for posting on a social-networking website.” Though self-portraits are far from a novel …