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  1. Hosting Advice: From Slang to Emoji, Dictionary.com Tirelessly Documents New Words and Meanings in the Age of Memes, Social Media, and Texting

    Dictionary.com’s modern compilation of definitions includes words coined on social media, new uses for old words, and even emoji. Two Dictionary.com staffers spilled about what it’s like to be a lexicographer (noun; a person who compiles dictionaries), how technology influences language, and why defining a word can sometimes be controversial.

  2. CNN Politics: Presidential misspellings create spike in dictionary searches

    According to a report by Dictionary.com, when the President’s account has tweeted misspelled words, it has corresponded with a spike in searches of the same words spelled incorrectly on the website.

  3. Washington Post: Trump’s spelling is so bad, online dictionaries are seeing an ‘unpresidented’ boost in traffic

    Every time Trump tweets a misspelling or misuses a word, there is a surge in dictionary searches for the “exact configuration” of the letters he used, according to data released by Dictionary.com. These searches indicate people are taking it upon themselves to fact-check the president in real time.

  4. Time: A Major Dictionary Has Officially Added Emoji

    Today is a tears-of-joy day for emoji. In a move that reflects the changing nature of communication — and the evolving role of dictionaries — Dictionary.com has officially added explanations for these little pictorial symbols, becoming the first major reference to do so.

  5. Fortune: ‘Netflix and Chill’ and the Poo Emoji Are Now in the Dictionary

    If you’ve ever been confused about the meaning of an emoji someone sends you, now you can look its up definition in the dictionary.

  6. Mashable: Dictionary.com partnered with Save the Children to raise awareness of kids living in conflict zones.

    Words are powerful beyond measure, but they hold different meanings for each person. With that truth in mind, Save the Children — an international organization that fights for children’s rights – enlisted the help of Dictionary.com to show how definitions can vary under different circumstances.

  7. People: Dictionary Trolls President Trump for Bragging About Being ‘Non-Braggadocious’

    Linking to a video of Donald Trump, well, bragging about how “non-braggadocious” he is during a speech Monday in Cincinnati, Dictionary.com tweeted out the definition of the word and seemed to imply that it’s actually a very fitting way to describe the president’s persona.

  8. Huffington Post: Dictionary Takes Donald Trump To Task Over His Latest Boast

    When President Donald Trump bragged about being “non-braggadocious” during a speech in Cincinnati on Monday, Dictionary.com spotted the irony.

  9. Teen Vogue: President Trump Says He’s Not a Feminist (And no one is surprised.)

    On January 27, controversial TV personality Piers Morgan posted a tweet declaring that President Donald Trump is “not a feminist,” leaving many people feigning shock and surprise. Even Dictionary.com got in on the conversation, tweeting: “Feminist means advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men. #ItsForWomen #ItsForMen #ItsForEveryone.”

  10. Bustle: Online Dictionaries In Trump’s America Got Political — But That Wasn’t The Plan

    Dictionary.com social media manager Lauren Silter tells Bustle that the sycophant tweet related to Pence was a chance to bring language to people on their terms, to define something that was drawing a lot of attention and searches. In other words, what appeared to be a political tweet was in itself the result of an increasingly politicized culture.

  11. Business Insider: 20 words that you’re probably using incorrectly

    Here are 20 words that are often misused, and what they actually mean according to Dictionary.com.

  12. Washington Post: ‘Sycophant’: Mike Pence provides teachable moment for Dictionary.com

    Dictionary.com — which bills itself as the “world’s leading digital dictionary” — has actually been a fairly regular and occasionally snarky critic of the Trump administration and the president’s own word choice. The web site’s Twitter account often bounces off the latest news, parsing the word choice of the president and administration officials.

  13. Huffington Post: ‘Complicit’ Is The Word Of The Year, According To Dictionary.com

    The 2017 Word of the Year is complicit, says Dictionary.com. Complicit, defined as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others,” was the annual pick of a word “indicative of larger trends that resonated throughout the year,” the company said. The choice was made by the online dictionary’s in-house experts ― lexicographers, the marketing and product teams, and the CEO.

  14. Mashable: Dictionary.com names ‘complicit’ word of the year, and it’s fine, everything’s fine

    To say 2017 has been a rough year would be an understatement. If you need some proof of the struggle look no further than Dictionary.com’s word of the year: Complicit. On Monday the online dictionary announced that the not-so-reassuring adjective is 2017’s standout word because it’s “indicative of larger trends that resonated throughout the year.”

  15. Jezebel: The Word of the Year Is ‘Complicit’

    Dictionary.com is demanding we all take a long hard look at ourselves by declaring the Word of the Year for 2017 to be “complicit.” You know who you are.

  16. Chicago Tribune: A covfefe by any other name … might not have made Dictionary.com’s most-queried list

    Dictionary.com released a list of its most frequent “unmatched queries,” meaning words that people search for and come up blank. Because they’re not actual words. “Covfefe” tops the list, having been looked up “tens of thousands” of times, Dictionary.com editors say, since President Donald Trump tweeted: “Despite the constant negative press covfefe,” shortly after midnight May 31.

  17. Huffington Post: Women in Business Q&A: Elizabeth McMillan, CEO, Dictionary.com

    Elizabeth McMillan is CEO of Dictionary.com, the leading digital brand for language mastery, where consumers the world over search for 5.5 billion new words each year. Its portfolio of award-winning mobile apps have been installed more than 100 million times.

  18. Time: The Dictionary Is Adding An Entry for ‘Fake News’

    In Dictionary.com’s next update, the online reference will add a definition for the term fake news. And even though Trump is partly responsible for the currency of that phrase, the definition won’t be true to the way he generally uses the term so much as the way it is used to describe alleged attempts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

  19. Moneyish: 1 in 3 teachers now resort to teaching kids using emojis, GIFs and memes

    More than one-third (37%) of teachers have used memes, emojis and GIFs to help make a point or teach a lesson in their classrooms, according to a survey of more than 800 elementary through postgraduate teachers released by Dictionary.com.

  20. Business Insider: ‘Fisk’ is currently one of Dictionary.com’s most searched words thanks to an NRA video threatening The New York Times

    If you don’t know what “fisk” means, you’re not alone. Searches for the word were up 7,643% week-over-week on Friday afternoon, after the National Rifle Association (NRA) posted a video in which it threatened to “fisk” the paper of record, The New York Times. In less than an hour, “Fisk” quickly became one of the top searches on Dictionary.com.

  1. Dictionary.com Names ‘Complicit’ 2017 Word of the Year

    Word Tied to Trending Data, Global News Events OAKLAND, Calif., November 27, 2017 – Dictionary.com today announced it has named ‘complicit’ as 2017’s Word of the Year. Defined as “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others,” the word is indicative of larger trends that resonated throughout the year, hitting every aspect of today’s culture from politics and news, to …

  2. For When Idioms Make You Feel Like An Idiot

    Online Dictionary Shares Most Looked Up Idioms Internationally & Top New Word Requests OAKLAND, Calif., October 18, 2017 – The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence where the chickens come home to roost, catch my drift? If not, you’re in luck – Dictionary.com, the leading online and mobile English-language resource, today released data on the most searched idioms across the globe …

  3. Don’t Want to be an American Idiot: More than Half of Americans Feel More Informed Due to Recent Political Events

    Dictionary.com Study Reveals Shifts in Political Awareness and Vocabulary Since 2016 Presidential Election; Alignment with Site Search Data OAKLAND, Calif., April 18, 2017 – While the 2016 Presidential election left Americans split across party lines, there is one thing the majority can agree on – more than half (53%) of overall Americans now feel more informed about current affairs than before the Presidential election, according …

  4. Democracy, Drugs, and Definitions: Alt-Right, Dabbing, and Slay Among New Words Added to Dictionary.com

    OAKLAND, Calif., March, 2017 – From pop culture to pot culture, alt-right to Kpop—the trends, movements, and news of today continue to influence the words and language we use. Today Dictionary.com, the leading online and mobile English-language resource, announced more than 300 new words and definitions were added to the dictionary, sharing trends and insights into how and why words within cultural and political discourse …

  5. Dictionary.com Names “Xenophobia” 2016 Word of the Year

    OAKLAND, Calif., November 28, 2016 – Some of the most prominent news stories this year have centered on fear of the “other” – the Brexit vote, police shootings, Syria’s refugee crisis, transsexual rights, and the US presidential race. Because these stories have resonated so deeply in the cultural consciousness over the last 12 months, Dictionary.com has chosen xenophobia as its Word of the Year. The …

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