Word Trends & Stories

  1. Locked Up Lingo: 8 Terms That Summarize Prison Slang

  2. Linalool, Floccinaucinihilipilification, And More Trending Words This Week

    From the college gridiron to the chemistry lab to a politician in India, this week’s trending word list has a world’s worth of information in it. So pack your bags, and get ready to hit the road with us. Linalool LaCroix may be the reason you can’t get enough of bubbly water these days, but the brand is facing a lawsuit that claims the seltzer …

  3. Words And Phrases Your Parents Used That You Can’t Use Now

    Parenting has changed over the years and so has the language. While some phrases were popular years ago, today they are obsolete - and for good reason. Here are ten old expressions that your parents might have used but you wouldn't dare use today.

  4. They Is A Singular Pronoun

    Has someone ever asked you to refer to them as they instead of him or her? Are you hedging because you can’t possibly refer to one single person as they? What if we told you that they has been used to refer to just one person since at least the 1300s? How can they be a pronoun for one person? Elementary English teachers tend to go over …

  5. Unprogrammed, Glen Coco, And Other Trending Words This Week

    Kanye West. Mean Girls. Brett Kavanaugh. What do they all have in common? Spots on the trending words list this week! Let’s get to all the learning, shall we? Unprogrammed Rapper Kanye West announced the creation of a new word over the weekend. Just one problem? Unprogrammed has been around for centuries. The word made its first landing on the trending words list as people …

  6. Why Does English Have Borrowed Words From Other Languages?

    English is a More Varied (and Delicious) Melting Pot Than You Think … English—is one of the most incredible, flavorfully-complex melting pots of linguistic ingredients from other countries that’s been left to simmer for (in some cases) centuries. These linguistic ingredients are called loanwords that have been borrowed and incorporated into English. The loanwords are oftentimes so common now, the foreign flavor has been completely …

  7. Dunking, Sequelae, And Other Trending Words This Week

    A popular donut shop changed its name, and the president threw a press conference. How did this affect word searches on Dictionary.com? Dive into the trending words list to find out! Dunking It’s a name change we probably should have seen coming: After years of using the catchphrase “everything runs on Dunkin,” Dunkin Donuts is officially dropping the word “donuts” from its name. New England’s …

  8. Where Does The Name October Come From?

    October is here, and in the northern hemisphere that often means the days are flush with falling leaves, chilling weather, and growing anticipation for the holiday season. The tenth month by our Gregorian calendar, October shares a root with octopus and octothorpe—the Latin octo-, meaning “eight.” So, how did October become the 10th month? In the Roman calendar, which had only ten months, October was …

  9. What’s The Origin Of The F-word?

    It’s one of the most versatile words in the English language, but where did the F-word really come from? Originally, the naughtiest of naughty words was actually quite an acceptable word, though no English speaker would say that today. F-ck is believed to have first showed up in written form some time in the 1400s, and it was disguised in a cypher, although it was in use well …

  10. What It Really Means To Call A Woman Hysterical

    by Kory Stamper published September 25th, 2018 Is hysterical a gendered insult? It began, unsurprisingly, on cable TV. In 2017, the Senate intelligence committee called Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify about his Russian contacts as well as conversations about those contacts with Donald Trump prior to the 2016 general election. The hearings were widely discussed, as were all things having to do with Russia, but they …

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