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    Privacy & Cookie Policy Children’s Privacy Contact Information Terms of Service Thesaurus Gift Card Terms and Conditions PRIVACY & COOKIE POLICY This Privacy & Cookie Policy of Dictionary.com, LLC (“Dictionary,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) describes our practices concerning the personal information collected through our websites, including Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com (the “Sites”) and any related Dictionary products and services including the Dictionary.com mobile app available here, …

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    Understanding Black History: 10 Terms That Illuminate The Black Experience In The US

    Black history is American history, but it’s also bigger than that. The reach and influence of Black culture is global. Black history is too vast to be covered or contained in a single month, or a single article. Black History Month is nevertheless a reminder to engage in a year-round, lifelong celebration and exploration of Black history and its many facets. It’s an opportunity to …

  3. How To Talk About Mental Health: Do’s, Don’ts, And Words To Know

    by Laura Vismara Content warning: This article deals with the sensitive topic of suicide. If you (or someone you know) need support, call the toll-free, 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You can also text HOME to 741741 for free, which offers 24/7 support from the Crisis Text Line. This article also covers a range of difficult topics on mental health, including eating disorders …

  4. What Does The Term “Nonbinary” Really Mean?

    by Rory Gory Many people are raised to believe that gender and sex are the same thing, and that there are two options available to us: male or female. But neither sex nor gender is inherently binary—the belief that people must be classified into one of these two categories. When something can’t be placed in two boxes, we call it nonbinary, meaning “not consisting of, …

  5. Why “Existential” Was Dictionary.com’s 2019 Word Of The Year

    From existential threats to existential choices “I’m trash!” was the insistent cry of Forky, the googly-eyed spork whose struggle to be a toy was at the heart of the summer blockbuster Toy Story 4. Forky’s plight was entertaining, yes, but it also resonated with a deeper sentiment—and word—that defined so much of 2019. We know what you must be thinking: Forky? The dictionary? 2019? Well, …

  6. Understanding The Caribbean: The Countries, People, And Words That Come From The Region

    by Mariel Jungkunz The history of slavery in the United States and the Caribbean region is more important than ever to acknowledge and remember—and commemorating and celebrating its end has long been a part of that. In the US, the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865, is celebrated each year on its June 19 anniversary, a day known as Juneteenth. …

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    How New Words Get Added To Dictionary.com—And How The Dictionary Works

    Language is a living thing, and so is Dictionary.com. Our dictionary will always be a work in progress—there’s no day in the future when we’ll mark it “complete” after adding the last word. This never-ending work is the job of our lexicographers, the (amazingly talented) people who write and edit the dictionary. They do more than just add and define words. They also add new …

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    Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Columbus Day, And The Language Of Indigenous Identities

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Columbus Day are observed on the same day each year (the second Monday in October), but they aren’t simply different names for the same holiday. They’re two separate observances with different origins. Recently, the observance of Columbus Day has increasingly been replaced with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, including on the official calendars of many state governments, schools, businesses, and other organizations. There …

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    The Changing Language Of Climate Change

    The language surrounding climate change is changing right alongside the climate itself. But, it all began with global warming … Climate change was first known to many of us as global warming, a phrase dating to the 1950s that indicates “a longterm rise in Earth’s average atmospheric temperature.” The idea that global warming exists and could be attributed to human behavior, however, was first put forward in 1896 …

  10. A Musical Fantasy With Steven Mackey, “Shivaree,” & Other Words Of The Day

    At Dictionary.com, we know well that learning new words is about so much more than just definitions. Learning new words is about discovering new ideas and feelings, about unlocking experiences and opportunities. It’s about empowering our communication, enriching our relationships, and inspiring our creativity and self-expression. Composer and Princeton University professor Steven Mackey knows this well, too. And if you give Mackey a word? He …

  11. Understanding Native American Heritage: The Tribes, Languages, And Culture

    November is Native American Heritage Month, a monthlong observance dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and learning about Native American heritage and culture and its diversity. Recognition and preservation of such heritage is particularly important given the history of Indigenous Peoples in North America and their continued efforts to preserve their rich cultures—despite the many acts of genocide, systemic oppression, and erasure they have been targeted with …

  12. What You Need To Know About Black Wall Street And The Tulsa Massacre

    by Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Oklahoma race massacre known as the Tulsa Massacre, which resulted in the death of more than 300 Black Americans and the total destruction of 40 blocks of a Black residential neighborhood and business district called Greenwood and nicknamed Black Wall Street. And while news spread across the US about this tragedy at …