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  1. Can You Identify Literature’s Famous Opening Lines?

    The opening line of any book should say—in the words of Stephen King—“Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Right? So intriguing! But, alas, that is not how books begin. So, how well do you know the actual opening lines from some of literature’s greatest novels? Correctly match these memorable openers with their works of fiction and consider yourself an excellent listener! …

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    Literature’s Most Lovable Grumps

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! That cheer-boosting adage works for some people, but others are perfectly happy sucking sour lemons. Literature is full of chipper lemonade-makers, but there’s something about those lemon-sucking grumps that draws readers in. Is it their angsty sarcasm? Their jaded world-weariness? Their stubborn dedication to doom-and-gloom even when everything else is giggles and rainbows? Are Negative Nancys somehow more …

  3. How K-pop Is Brilliantly Using Language

    Dictionary.com is announcing our alliance with the BTS ARMY ... we freaking love k-pop.
  4. Harry Potter Redefines Identity

    As a 13-year-old girl in the world of books, Harry Potter has influenced Winter a lot. Hufflepuff and the words of Harry Potter make Winter feel like she can be who she is.
  5. Last Month In Pop Language: “I Like It” And Other July #1s

    by Molly Rosen Marriner It’s another installment of Last Month in Pop Language, a column where the most popular (statistically) song, book, and film of the month will have their words analyzed in hopes of drawing a conclusion about language’s current usage—and future. At the end of each monthly column, we’ll draw a conclusion: Was last month’s pop language masterly, malevolent, or merely meh? Film: Ant-Man and the Wasp …

  6. We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For 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 …

  7. How to Speak Queer Eye

    It didn’t take very long for the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye to sneak into America’s chests and start fiddling with those heartstrings. But, it wasn’t until season two (now out on the streaming service) that the Fab 5 worked the lexical magic that made the team at Dictionary.com stand up and take notice. We can believe. Spoiler alert … some Queer Eye plot points …

  8. The Forgotten Verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

    Do you know all the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Many people have difficulty memorizing the lyrics of the first verse of this song, which is commonly performed at sports events and other public gatherings. But did you know that there are three additional verses that we almost never hear? How Did the “Star-Spangled Banner” Become the US National Anthem? In 1814, the poet and …

  9. Last Month in Pop Language: “This Is America” And Other May #1’s

    by Molly Rosen Marriner It’s another installment of Last Month in Pop Language, a column where the most popular (statistically) song, book, and film of the month will have their words analyzed in hopes of drawing a conclusion about language’s current usage—and future. At the end of each monthly column, we’ll draw a conclusion: Was last month’s pop language masterly, malevolent, or merely meh? Film: Avengers: Infinity War Avengers: …

  10. Everyday Words With Completely Different Meanings In Rap

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