Word Facts

  1. Nobody’s Blinkered When Taking This Quiz

    This Word of the Day Quiz will give you some great fodder for your next causerie. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.   Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Not sure what some of the definitions of these words mean? We found some items (linked below) …

  2. Moribund: Visual Word of the Day

    Learn more about this Word of the Day here.
  3. Physics@Brock

    Inertia vs. Momentum: Which Keeps You Moving?

    Science is real. Science is cool. Science uses a lot of terms that we all think we know. But, do we really know what we are talking about? In the spirit of scientific community and understanding, let’s clear up one big scientific misconception that we all get wrong … Pop quiz: Is it momentum or inertia that keeps you moving? Here’s a hint: In science, inertia is …

  4. Boston Rare Maps

    What Does Wag the Dog Mean?

    If you aren’t immersed in politics on the daily, through social media, the news, or just casual conversation, you might not be aware that the phrase wag the dog has become pretty poignant political jargon. But, how did it end up in the political lexicon and where did this seemingly innocent-sounding idiom come from? Below is our rendition of the brief history of the word trends …

  5. Common Words With Uncommon Opposites

    As we all know every lone sock has a long-lost twin, some words we use every day also have pairs that we just forgot about. Here are some of the English language’s best uncommon opposites.
  6. Soccer Terms For When The World Cup Is The Only Thing On TV

  7. Motherland vs. Fatherland

    The terms motherland and fatherland both refer to one’s native country, one’s country of origin, or the home of one’s ancestors. But, why do some countries say motherland and others fatherland? Whether a particular group uses motherland or fatherland seems to be a matter of custom. It’s unusual for a group to use both. Noah Webster’s The American Dictionary of the English Language, from 1847, referred to motherland …

  8. Words That Are Their Own Opposites

  9. The United States of Diversity: Fargo And Its NCVS Don’tcha Know

    by Taneesh Khera Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity You’ve stumbled onto our United States of Diversity series, welcome! If you don’t already know, here we explore a minority language or dialect in the country, and this episode’s no different. Does your keeat sit an the meeat? Or, maybe you wait for the boss down the black? Do you cal your mam an Sundays? If you …

  10. We’re All Guilty Of Phubbing … Here’s Why

    Are you spending more time with your phone than your loved ones? Words matter . . . especially in the bedroom. Phubbing is the habit of snubbing someone because you love your phone more than them. If you choose to phub, you get no love. This PSA is brought to you by Dictionary.com
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