Posts by Candice Bradley

  1. Getty

    “Infamous” vs. “Notorious”: Why Is There A Difference?

    Thanks to clicks, likes, and verified blue checkmarks, a person’s reputation can extend far beyond those who know them personally. For example, it’s widely known that Chris Evans is a real-life Captain America who holds doors open for people, and we all acknowledge that Beyoncé is a goddess among us mere mortals. Some people, though, have a reputation that precedes them in less positive ways. …

  2. Nazi vs. Fascist: Is There Really A Difference?

    Linguists have a bunch of fancy words to describe language evolution. When a word’s meaning becomes more negative over time, it’s referred to as pejoration. The opposite–when a meaning is viewed in a more positive light over time–is called melioration. Word evolution like this is pretty common; some words even manage to go through both pejoration and melioration. Two such words that have managed to see-saw like …

  3. Why Are People Getting “Canceled”?

    We could always cancel our plans or a magazine subscription, but these days it’s people who are up for cancelation. The verb cancel dates back to the days of medieval Latin, meaning “to cross out.” It’s only in the past couple of years that it’s been used to declare people null and void. Everyone from Kanye West to Lena Dunham has now been labelled as “canceled” on …

  4. Dictionary.com’s 2018 Word Of The Year Is …

    Our 2018 Word of the Year Is … Misinformation The rampant spread of misinformation poses new challenges for navigating life in 2018. As a dictionary, we believe understanding the concept is vital to identifying misinformation in the wild, and ultimately curbing its impact. But what does misinformation mean? Dictionary.com defines it as “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead.” The …

  5. Words You Didn’t Know Came From NYC

    Ah, New York—the city that gave the world the Trumps, the 2016 Broadway revival of Cats, and countless regional slang terms that made their way into the national lexicon. We all know that terms like Wall Street and fuggedaboutit are classic five-borough speak, but check out the following Big Apple words that are used nationwide. flea market The Dutch were the first immigrants to New …

  6. This Word Of The Day Quiz Doesn’t Have Any Nugacity!

    Rewild with this new Word of the Day Quiz … you’ll feel like your wordy self in no time. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life …   Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your …

  7. This Word Of The Day Quiz Is So Fun It’s Almost Toyetic!

    No applesauce here … sorry if you were hungry. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life …   Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

  8. It Will Be Coup De Foudre Once You Start This Word Of The Day Quiz!

    No legerdemain here … this Word of the Day Quiz is straightforward, wordy fun. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life …   Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

  9. Will Emoji Ruin Language As We Know It?

    By Jane Solomon There are two polarizing opinions about emoji that are often set up in a false dichotomy. Are emoji destroying language as we know it or are they a universal language that will one day save the world? Neither of these get at how emoji are actually being used, but they’re the frame through which many people experience emoji, and that’s worth unpacking. …

  10. You’ll Be Taking This Word Of The Day Quiz Atweel

    Share this quiz with your reticulation … you’ll want to prove you can beat their scores. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life …   Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

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