Word Trends & Stories

  1. Think You Know British Slang?

    Obviously game shows about words are our favorite, and now we've gone international. How many of these British slang words will you guess?
  2. “Dog,” “Boy,” And Other Words That We Don’t Know Where They Came From

  3. “OK Boomer” & “Karen” Survive: Vote On Round 4 Of The Best Slang Word Bracket

    It’s time to vote on round four of our slang competition at Dictionary.com! There are only a handful of words left on Dictionary.com’s March Madness bracket, but the competition is just heating up. Last week, you voted on our Sweet Sixteen, and you wasted no time knocking out terms like big mood, hold my beer, and sorry not sorry.  In a surprising upset, the 16-seed …

  4. Why Do People Say “Rabbit Rabbit” And “Hare Hare”?

    Ever heard someone say “rabbit rabbit,” but there’s not a floppy-eared bunny to be found for miles? There’s a reason they’re saying it … and that reason may even convince you to start saying it too, if you haven’t already. Keep reading to find out why this saying may be your next morning mantra. Why do people say rabbit rabbit? Though it sounds a bit …

  5. Emoji With Good Origin Stories (And The People Who Created Them)

    This would be a slideshow of emoji that have good creation/origin stories. Example: hijab emoji, drop of blood emoji, etc. An intro slide and ~10 emoji would be great. Let me know if you have questions.

  6. Vote For The Best Slang Word In English: March Madness Round Three Is Open!

    It’s time to vote on round three of our slang competition at Dictionary.com! There’s no basketball on television, but March Madness has continued safely here at Dictionary.com. We’ve been asking you to vote your way through a bracket while you’re hunkered down at home, and you’ve let us know in no uncertain terms that it was time for some words to go! Take the match-up …

  7. Canceled vs. Cancelled: Which Is Spelled Correctly?

    by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com From March Madness and SXSW to birthday parties and spring break vacations, many gatherings, big and small, have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak around the world. … or is it cancelled? Now, spelling may seem like the least of our worries during these trying and unusual times, but many people are curious and still want …

  8. 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 …

  9. Vote For The Best Slang Word In English: Round Two Is Open!

    Update: March Madness voting for round two has ended! See the winners below, and go vote in round 3!  It’s time for round two of our slang competition at Dictionary.com! Last week, you told us how you really felt about popular slang words in round one of voting on our March Madness bracket.  Favorite words and phrases like OK boomer, big mood, and snacc came out …

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    It’s March Madness: Pick The Best Slang Word In English

    Update: March Madness voting for round one has ended! See the winners below, and go vote in round 2!  Since 1908, March Madness has been used to refer to basketball. Most notably, it describes the NCAA tournament (and all of the surrounding hype) that takes place each year. But here at Dictionary.com, we’re looking to create a little March Madness of our own: we’re hosting …