Origins

  1. 9 Words That Came From Ancient Greek And Roman Myths

  2. Where Do The Words For Our Pets Come From?

  3. “Dog,” “Boy,” And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From

  4. Where Did The Name “Spring” Come From?

    So, about that season formerly-known-as lent … Originally, spring was known as lent, or the lenten season, which came from the Old English lengten, which means “to make longer or greater in length.” It is no surprise that the season was originally named after the fact that the days were getting longer. After all, back then natural sunlight and candlelight would have been the only light …

  5. Words That Women Have Coined

  6. Words Coined In Each Decade Of The Last 100 Years

    Language is always evolving. As culture changes, society innovates, and trends come and go, our language changes right along with it. Every decade, new words are coined in the English language. You will be surprised at how old—or how new—words that you use every day are. So, we’ve picked out our favorite neologisms, from broadcaster to yuppie, that were coined during the past century. Did …

  7. Where Did The World’s Most Popular Pet Names Come From?

  8. Nine Words With Surprising Connections To Fashion

  9. Where Did African American Vernacular English Come From?

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity series by Taneesh Khera Welcome back to our United States of Diversity series, where we travel the country exploring the minority languages, dialects, and people that live here. In this episode, we’re happy to give you our tribute to African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Also called Black English or Ebonics, a blend of the words ebony and phonics, AAVE is …

  10. Where Did The Phrase “The Dog Ate My Homework” Come From?

    Dogs are known as man’s best friend. Dogs keep us safe, are hard workers … and can provide a handy excuse in a pinch. Maybe that’s why versions of the classic expression the dog ate my homework have been around for hundreds of years. Today, the dog ate my homework is used as a stock example of the kind of silly excuses schoolchildren give for …