1. “Native American” Isn’t The Same As “native American”: Here’s Why

    “Native American” Isn’t The Same As “native American”: Here’s Why

    These days, social media is glut with excited folks who are sending off their cheek swabs to find out just what’s hiding in their DNA. Will they find out they had an ancestor on the Mayflower? Or, maybe there was a Native American who played a role in their genes along the way. That would make them Native American too, right? Well, the definition of …

  2. Excelsior, Stay In Your Lane, And Other Trending Words This Week

    Excelsior, Stay In Your Lane, And Other Trending Words This Week

    From the loss of one of the world’s superheroes to the happenings on the world stage, take a look at the news stories that made people scurry to Dictionary.com to find meaning. Excelsior Marvel fans mourned the loss of one of the comic book industries superheroes this week. Stan Lee died at age 95, leaving behind the legendary characters he created or co-created, including Black …

  3. Which Came First: Turkey: The Bird, Or Turkey: The Nation?

    Which Came First: Turkey: The Bird, Or Turkey: The Nation?

    The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn’t exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America … so, why do they share the same name? Let’s get the word facts The word turkey has been used to refer to “land occupied by the Turks” since the 1300s and …

  4. Why We Say “Boys Will Be Boys” But Not “Girls Will Be Girls”

    Why We Say “Boys Will Be Boys” But Not “Girls Will Be Girls”

    Boys will be boys. It’s an idiom we hear tossed around far too often. But, what does it actually mean, and why did we ever start saying it? And … what about girls—who or what will they be? Who decided boys will be boys, anyway? The phrase boys will be boys was first recorded in English in 1589. It originated from a Latin proverb: “Children (boys) …

  5. Yams Vs. Sweet Potatoes: What’s The Difference?

    Yams Vs. Sweet Potatoes: What’s The Difference?

    If you’re not arguing about politics or whether or not it’s time for Grandma to get some more grandchildren, there’s one topic that’s always guaranteed to make a splash at the Thanksgiving dinner table: Are those yams or sweet potatoes in your holiday casserole? Wait a second, aren’t they the same thing? Not according to the dictionary! Yams vs. sweet potatoes Yams and sweet potatoes are in fact …

  6. Why The Turducken Is One Of The Best Word Plays Of All Time

    Why The Turducken Is One Of The Best Word Plays Of All Time

    It’s Thanksgiving time, and while some folks will be piling their plates with turkey and mashed potatoes, we can’t pass on the opportunity to consider a dish named with one of the greatest portmanteaus of all time: the turducken. Let’s talk turducken A portmanteau is a blended word that’s made by putting together parts of other words—like motel, made from motor and hotel, or brunch, …

  7. Words You Didn’t Know Came From NYC

    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 …

  8. Dopesters Can’t Stop Talking About This Week’s Quiz

    Dopesters Can’t Stop Talking About This Week’s Quiz

    Do you enjoy marshmallows with your rococo? Quaff this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. 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. Incumbent, Misogynistic and Other Trending Words This Week

    Incumbent, Misogynistic and Other Trending Words This Week

    The midterm elections weren’t just sending folks to the polls. Plenty of you landed on Dictionary.com looking for answers. So what did we learn? Let’s review this week in words! Incumbent, House of Representatives, and gubernatorial The midterm elections dominated headlines this week, so it’s no surprise that more than a few election-related words showed up in our trending list too. Incumbent had a 620% …

  10. Is Veterans Day A Big Grammar Mistake?

    Is Veterans Day A Big Grammar Mistake?

    What do apostrophes have to do with this federal holiday? Well, there’s a confusing apostrophe in Veterans’ Day—or is there? Veterans Day is often incorrectly written as “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day.” But, in fact, it’s apostrophe free. “Veteran’s Day” would definitely be incorrect because it means a day for only one veteran. While “Veterans’ Day” does encompass multiple veterans, that spelling is incorrect according …

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