Around the Web: Privacy, Furloughs, and Crosswords

On Tuesday we announced that privacy is the Dictionary.com 2013 Word of the Year. Here’s our reasoning (and our infographic too). We also unveiled the misspelling of the year. Friend of Dictionary.com Tyler Schnoebelen explains.

Friday marked the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. We shook off an old post about the inventor of the crossword puzzle and the pitfalls of crosswordese, as well as our interview with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. For a novel perspective, also check out the Atlantic‘s interview with master cruciverbalist Deb Amlen.

TED shared more videos from the Mysteries of Vernacular series that animates etymologies of specific words. We especially liked the one about zero.

To use or to utilize? The Baltimore Sun explores.

A stirring defense of adverbs.

Mondegreens in Christmas carols. (What’s a mondegreen? Here’s a brief history.)

How to say “Merry Christmas” in 24 languages.