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    Each Firework Type Has A Name … Do You Know Them?

    Independence Day fireworks generally get the “ooohs” and ahhhs,” but did you know that each type has an actual name? What’s a peony firework? The peony is one of the most common kinds of aerial pyrotechnic effects. It is named for a variety of plants with large, showy flowers. Old Farmer’s Almanac This firework has a starlike explosion that quickly turns into a bulging circle of …

  2. Is Friday Named After a Goddess With a Chariot Pulled by Cats? Well . . .

    In a world that knows too many details about unimportant matters, one would think that our collective expertise could be certain about something as essential as the days of the week. There is, however, a scholarly (and let’s face it, Marvel fan) debate regarding which goddess of love in Norse mythology is the namesake of “Friday.” Who is Friday named for? To complicate matters, it …

  3. Civility And Other Trending Words This Week

    There were plenty of calls for civility this week, but do folks really know what it means? The word was one of the top trending searches on Dictionary.com, but it was far from the only term to spark interest! Eighty-six The ouster of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders from the Red Hen, an eatery in Lexington, Virginia boosted searches for the meaning of eighty-six by 6,100%! …

  4. Concentration Camp And Other Trending Words This Week

    From families being separated at the border, to a prominent Republican jumping ship from his party, to Beyonce and Jay-Z dropping new music, take a look at how the news affected searches on Dictionary.com this week. Concentration camp, illegal alien, cage, la familia, tender age  Debates over the separation of children from their parents at the US border have dominated headlines and social media, and …

  5. The Wittiest Vegan Names For Animal-alternatives

    We know the word vegan came about in the 1800s, but what about the other terms that relate to veganism? Let's take a look at what vegans call their versions of animal products and where they came up with the names.

  6. Gulag And Other Trending Words This Week

    Whether it’s CNN host Jake Tapper tweeting or Canadian officials making statements to the press, the news tends to make an impact on what people search in the dictionary. Here’s a peek at the words that had folks guessing this week! Ad hominem Tensions between the United States and our northern neighbor, Canada, are at an all-time high this week, with President Donald Trump and …

  7. Dads Define Fatherhood In Their Own (Hilarious) Ways

  8. Pardon And Other Trending Words

    From the president’s Twitter account to a horse with an unusual name, searches for the meaning of words took folks into some unusual areas of Dictionary.com this week. Pardon President Donald Trump’s assertion that he can pardon himself didn’t just have the Twitterverse talking. It also sent searches for the meaning of pardon up 328% this week. We can’t say whether or not a president …

  9. The United States of Diversity: Borders

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity by Taneesh Khera In April, 2018 I traveled to India for a college friend’s wedding. When I came back, I read part of this essay to two friends, and we began to discuss borders and what they’ve become today. That conversation was inspiration for this episode, so grab a cushion and get comfortable for the United States of Diversity: Borders. …

  10. Racist And Other Trending Words This Week

    From a Twitter meltdown by Roseanne Barr to a word dropped on Westworld, Hollywood had a major impact on the Dictionary.com trending word list this week. Racist, abhorrent, and repugnant A series of tweets by Roseanne Barr hit the news cycle this week, and they also helped boost a number of searches on Dictionary.com. Barr, star of the eponymous show Roseanne, tweeted a racist comment …

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