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  1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Tatterdemalion, And Other Trending Words This Week

    A sequel to a treasured children’s film and a celebration of the nation’s laws both landed on the Dictionary.com trending words list this week. Here’s what else had you wondering about words. Prevarication Searches for prevarication climbed 1,209% this week on the heels of its use in a tweet by George Conway, Washington D.C. lawyer and husband of White House staffer Kellyanne Conway. Prevarication refers …

  2. Is An Equinox The Same As A Solstice?

    The onset of autumn differs depending on whom you ask. For some, Labor Day marks the shift of seasons. For others, it’s when the dramatic harvest moon rises on the horizon. But traditionally, fall begins promptly with the autumn equinox. What is an equinox? The equinox occurs twice a year. The vernal equinox happens around March 21, when the sun moves north across the celestial …

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    Yeet, Payola, And Other Trending Words This Week

    Rapper feuds. Football celebrations. There’s a lot going on in this week’s trending words list. Payola A feud between rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B ballooned to new heights this week, with Cardi allegedly throwing a shoe at Nicki and the Starships singer accusing the I Like It rapper of earning her success thanks to payola. So what’s payola? Clearly that was the question on …

  4. Doughy And Other Trending Words This Week

    A mysterious New York Times op-ed writer. A beloved TV-show star. A struggle to log into email. What do they all have in common? Spots on the Dictionary.com Trending Words of the Week! Lodestar, amorality, and deep state The identity of a mysterious New York Times op-ed writer has yet to be revealed, but it isn’t for lack of examining the words used by an …

  5. The Meaning Of Labor Day

    For many of us, Labor Day means the end of summer vacation, a guilt-trip for anyone wearing white, and an excuse for department stores to have sales. But, it’s important to keep in mind the true history behind this holiday: Labor Day is a celebration of laborers, introduced at a time when labor meant something far more grueling than it generally does today. When is …

  6. Coleslaw And Other Trending Words This Week

    Is coleslaw a salad? What’s another way to say wedding? Both questions answered and more in this week’s edition of trending words on Dictionary.com! Coleslaw Debates over just how certain foods should be categorized are legendary. Is the hot dog really a sandwich? (Yes). Is white chocolate really chocolate? (No). Podcaster Jon Lovett joined the fray with a tweet this week pondering how to classify …

  7. 8 Quotes From An American Maverick

  8. Belligerent And Other Trending Words This Week

    From Kpop idols to California weed growers, here are the news stories that had you asking, “Hey, what does that word mean?” Idol South Korean Kpop group BTS is known for its mix of English and Korean in its songs, spurring curiosity from fans on either side of the language divide. The band’s latest music video, IDOL, is a collaboration with Nicki Minaj and a …

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    From POTUS To FLOTUS: A Full (White) House Of Acronyms

    The faster we move, the more abbreviations and acronyms we use, and when it comes to talking about the folks who reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—otherwise known as the White House—there are plenty of acronyms to choose from. The White House has always been home to POTUS (President of the United States). As we have yet to have a female or gay president, if the …

  10. Dinger And Other Trending Words This Week

    From the diamond to the big screen to the Beltway, here’s a look at what sent folks scurrying to Dictionary.com this week! Dinger The Little League World Series is back, and all eyes have been on Alfred Delia—known back in his New Jersey hometown as “Big Al.” The youngster scored a viral video with his on camera introduction, in which he announced that he’s best …

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