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  1. 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 …

  2. FUPA And Other Trending Words This Week

    From Beyonce to Britain, here’s why you were searching for meaning on Dictionary.com this week. FUPA Vogue got the Beyonce treatment this week, and so did the Dictionary.com trending words list. The singer got frank about the changes her body has undergone as she’s aged and carried babies, even praising her own FUPA. If you’re not familiar with the acronym, you’re not alone. Searches for …

  3. 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 …

  4. Jitters And Other Trending Words This Week

    LeBron James was as excited as a kid on Christmas Eve and so were football fans. So, what effect did that have on the Dictionary.com trending words of the week? Let’s take a look! Inviolability An announcement by Pope Francis sent one word soaring 441% this week: inviolability. The pontiff issued a statement condemning the use of the death penalty, “because it is an attack …

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    Outercourse and Other Trending Words This Week

    From Final Jeopardy to toothbrushes made from panda’s favorite snack, the trending words on dictionary.com took us all around the world and back again. Get ready, get set, go word-crazy! Outercourse An attempt by Brock Turner’s lawyer to have his sexual assault conviction overturned—based on a claim that Turner only intended to have outercourse with his victim—sent hundreds of people to the dictionary (and to …

  6. The Circle Game And Other Trending Words This Week

    From Fortnite to Tyler, the Creator, there were plenty of reasons to learn new words this week. So let’s dive in, shall we? The Circle Game It’s a game teenagers play every day, but searches for the circle game rose 1,094% for a decidedly more troubling reason this week. Four officers in the Jasper (Alabama) Police Department were suspended for making hand gestures in a …

  7. Self-Made, Haboob, And Other Trending Words This Week

    Kylie Jenner. The Bachelorette. Wiz Khalifa. This week’s edition of trending words is absolutely star-studded. So let’s dive in! Self-made Is Kylie Jenner a self-made billionaire? That’s how Forbes labelled her this week, and it left plenty of folks curious about just what it means to be self-made. How curious? Searches rose 864,100% on Wednesday! The answer to the query, of course, is that self-made …

  8. Pour, Pore, and Other Trending Words This Week

    We pored over the data this week, and we got a good look at what words you learned from the news. Whether it was a presidential grammar mistake or an HBO show host’s foray into teen speak, here’s what made folks curious. Ontogeny and phylogeny Paris Hilton tried to stump the internet this week, asking Twitter users to tell her something she didn’t know. It …

  9. Soccer Terms For When The World Cup Is The Only Thing On TV

  10. 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 …

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