1. Nephanalysis, Sitar, Wombat, And Other Words That Trended On Dictionary.com This Week

    Nephanalysis, Sitar, Wombat, And Other Words That Trended On Dictionary.com This Week

    What do spivvy, smuggery, stingo, and schlemiel have in common? Sure, they begin with the letter S. But what’s more, they are also some of the leading lookups on Dictionary.com since July 8. Since our introduction of it in our last trending writeup, our ticker has been tirelessly scrolling across our homepage.  And, we’ve continued to watch. So, let’s get started with our top five …

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    Is It “Just Deserts” Or “Just Desserts”?

    Did the dictionary … get it wrong?! We once featured the word comeuppance as our Word of the Day. Comeuppance, as we define it, means “deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant.” More than a few of our brilliant and devoted users, wrote in to inform us that there was a typo in the definition: just deserts should be just desserts. Was an S left out of …

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    How “Burnout” Went From A Casual Expression To A Weighted Word

    by Ashley Austrew Most of us are familiar with the concept of being burned out. It’s that feeling you get when you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and simply don’t have any more energy to devote to a given task, activity, … or career. Traditionally, the word burnout has been used more as a self-diagnosis or casual expression rather than treated as a medical syndrome or mental health …

  4. Fancy Yourself Donnish? Show Off With This Week’s Quiz!

    Fancy Yourself Donnish? Show Off With This Week’s Quiz!

    If word games are your raison d’être, revel in this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | July 8 – July 14, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

  5. We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For Giving Us These Words

    We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For Giving Us These Words

    He may have been 🎶dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor🎶 … but by now we all know Alexander Hamilton grew up to be a hero and a scholar. However, did you know the first secretary of the treasury was also quite the linguist? Since Lin-Manuel Miranda turned Hamilton from a mysterious face on our $10 bill …

  6. Slang And Spelling Bees Influence Word Searches Over The Past Three Months

    Slang And Spelling Bees Influence Word Searches Over The Past Three Months

    We’re already halfway through 2019, which means we had to look back at our word search data! We love data, OK. Plus, the search trends on Dictionary.com from April through June 2019 did not disappoint. Politics, of course, drove many of the searches. And, uh, a quick warning: there are some references to adult content ahead. (Hey, we don’t control the words, folks. We document …

  7. This Week’s Quiz Is Practically Paradisiacal

    This Week’s Quiz Is Practically Paradisiacal

    Ignore those orgulous ogres and treat yourself to this week’s Word of the Day Quiz! | July 1 – July 7, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

  8. When To Use Motherland vs. Fatherland

    When To Use Motherland vs. Fatherland

    The terms motherland and fatherland both refer to one’s native country, one’s country of origin, or the home of one’s ancestors. So, what’s the difference between motherland and others fatherland? What are the origins of motherland and fatherland? Whether a particular group uses (their language’s equivalent of, if they have one) motherland or fatherland is a matter of culture, tradition, or, in some instances, personal preference. In …

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    Do You Know The Names For The Different Types Of Fireworks?

    On Independence Day (July 4th), we “ooh” and “ahh” at the fireworks bursting in air, but did you know that different types of effects fireworks make have their own names? What’s a peony firework? The peony is one of the most common kinds of aerial pyrotechnic effects. It is named for a variety of plants with large, showy flowers. This firework display has a flower-like explosion …

  10. Word Lovers, Jubilate! This Week’s Quiz Has Arrived

    Word Lovers, Jubilate! This Week’s Quiz Has Arrived

    If you’re sitting alone at your desk, feeling static, this Word of the Day quiz’ll seem downright prismatic. | June 24 – June 30, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter)!

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