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  1. 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% …

  2. 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 …

  3. 8 Election Words To Know Before You Vote

  4. “Spring Forward, Fall Back” And Other Memory Tricks You’ve Probably Forgotten

    At the beginning of Daylight-Saving Time, we all spring our clocks forward one hour … and gripe about losing an hour of sleep. Then, we all turn around a few months later, fall back, and thank our lucky stars that we get some extra shuteye. The official term for it is daylight-saving time or daylight-savings time (because we all ended up saying this version more … …

  5. Footages, Religiosity, And Other Trending Words This Week

    Halloween. Cardi B. And, of course, the goings on in Washington D.C. They all had an effect on Dictionary.com’s trending words list. But, how much and what words? Dig in, and find out! Footages Convinced Cardi B had made up the word footages in an Instagram video, thousands of fans rushed to Dictionary.com to find out whether the “I Like It” singer had just mangled …

  6. Why November Is The 11th Month

    A new November has arrived, and whether it means pulling out your winter coat, adding another blanket to your bed, or searching for the perfect pumpkin pie recipe, it’s time to begin preparation for the winter months. The etymology of our 11th month, however, speaks little to its role in the course of the year. November follows the same pattern as the months before it, …

  7. Funner, Gender, And Other Trending Words This Week

    From NASCAR tracks to Washington, D.C., here are the words that were blowing up the Dictionary.com trending charts this week. Funner Semi-retired NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. dropped the word funner on Twitter last weekend, drawing out the language snobs to correct him on his usage. There’s just one problem: Funner is, in fact, a word! Informal though it may be, the word that spiked 2,144% …

  8. The Day After Halloween Is Actually Called Hallowmas

    Halloween is actually just the beginning of a string of otherworldly holidays. The tricks, treats, and customs of Halloween, now mostly secular, are based in part on an ancient Christian festival that spans November 1st and 2nd. What is Hallowmas? November 1st is All Saints’ Day, when all saints—known and unknown—are recognized. The Roman Catholic Church’s official name for All Saints Day is Solemnity of All Saints’ Day, …

  9. Why Do We Say “Trick or Treat”?

    It’s many kids’ favorite part of Halloween. There’s no feeling quite like waiting for a stranger to open their door so you can scream the words “Trick or treat”! But, why do we say it? What does it actually mean? The practice of donning a costume and asking for treats from your neighbors actually dates back to the Middle Ages … but back then it wasn’t a …

  10. 7 Spooky Words For Halloween

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