Arts & Entertainment

  1. Villainous Pets We Love To Hate

  2. Know Your Meme

    The Original Memes (Before Memes)

    The word meme, coined in 1976 by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, goes way beyond social-media pixels. Meme captures the concept of “cultural transmission” of ideas in general, where customs and ideas spread from brain to brain.  Which means memes have been around longer than Success Kid or Kermit sipping tea. Wildfire ideas have been around as long as humans have—in fact, discovering fire is …

  3. A Smack Of Jellyfish And Other Strange Animal Groups

    What do hunting and sexual desires have in common? We could point to several things, but from a linguistic point of view, we’re referring to the archaic word venery, which means both hunting (from the Latin venor) and sexual desire (from Latin veneria, referring to Venus). Strangely, terms of venery is a collective noun that means a group of animals. And, many of these animal …

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    The United States of Diversity: Ebonics or AAVE

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity series by Taneesh Khera Welcome back to our United States of Diversity series, where we travel the country exploring the minority languages, dialects, and people that live here. In this episode, we’re happy to give you our tribute to African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Also called Black English or Ebonics, a blend of the words ebony and phonics, AAVE is …

  5. Don’t Be Accident Porn And Other Hilarious Typos

  6. The Origin Stories Behind Gaga And Other Musicians’ Names

        Before he was Snoop Dogg, the West Coast rap icon went by his given name: Cordozar Calvin Broadus. He was named after his stepfather. His stage name was inspired by Snoopy though, a childhood nickname. His parents gave him the pet name because of the way he looked.     She might be known as Iggy Azalea on stage, but this Australian-born rapper’s official name …

  7. Superb Owl And Other Copyright Loopholes

  8. Dictionary.com’s Situations For Google Arts & Culture

    At Dictionary.com we’re pretty skilled with words and letters, but we wanted to get in touch with our artistic side. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but let’s put the Google bots to the test with these challenging situations.   

  9. Hilarious Misheard Lyrics You Still Are Singing

  10. Millennial Allergies And The Language Affected

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