Word Trends & Stories

  1. Is “Crude” The Right Word To Use To Describe Someone’s Language?

    by Ashley Austrew Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been in office for less than a month, and already she’s been the subject of controversy on multiple occasions. First, she was reportedly booed in Congress while voting to elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house. Then, she was targeted by the leak of the now-infamous recording of her dancing in college. And most recently, Ocasio-Cortez made headlines for …

  2. Not All Bad: 7 Ways “Bad” Can Be Good

    The word bad is well, just that. Its original meaning is still the most common one in use today: “not good in any manner or degree.” But, come on, we all know bad isn’t always a bad thing … in fact, using bad as a word of approval started in the 1890s and was popularized in the 1920s within the jazz scene. There’s even a quote …

  3. Twerk And Other Trending Words This Week

    What do Cardi B and Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen Pence have in common? They both helped put words on this week’s most searched list! Contumacious Second Lady Karen Pence made headlines this week with an announcement that she’s accepted a job as an art teacher at a conservative Christian school in Virginia. The vice president’s wife landed on the trending words list thanks …

  4. Is It Time For All Couples To Use The Term “Partner”?

    by Ashley Austrew Boyfriend or girlfriend. Husband or wife. Significant other. Bae. There are a lot of different words one could use to describe the person with whom they’re in a romantic relationship. But, the one word that is most quickly redefining the way we talk about relationships is partner. Is First Partner the future? Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who is married to California’s newest governor, Gavin …

  5. How Our Greatest Strengths Become Weaknesses

  6. The Oldest Abbreviations In English

    In the age of LOL, WTF, and OMG, abbreviations are often looked at as a sign of the coming apocalypse. (Spoiler: LOL, WTF, and OMG are not the oldest abbreviations in English—you’re shocked, we know.) So-called textspeak is viewed as a lesser form of English, and many people worry that pretty soon we’ll all be communicating solely in emoji. But, abbreviations aren’t exactly a new invention. …

  7. Why Can’t Women Swear?

    by Ashley Austrew It’s not every day you hear the F-word at a congressional event … But in January 2019, at an event celebrating progressive women in congress, that’s exactly what happened. Rashida Tlaib, the country’s first Palestinian-American congresswoman, told a story about what her congressional win meant to her son. She told the crowd, “…when your son looks at you and says: ‘Momma, look, …

  8. We Can Thank Alexander Hamilton For Giving Us These Words

    He may have been 🎶dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor🎶 … but by now we all know Alexander Hamilton grew up to be a hero and a scholar. However, did you know the first secretary of the treasury was also quite the linguist? Since Lin-Manuel Miranda turned Hamilton from a mysterious face on our $10 bill …

  9. What Is An Ally?

    It used to be that when we spoke of allies, it was most likely in a military sense, referring to countries formally banded together, usually by treaty, to fight against their enemies. Today, the word is used more broadly though. What does ally mean today? Ally, the singular form of the noun, is used to describe “someone who supports disenfranchised and underrepresented groups of people within our …

  10. Before X Was X: The Dark Horse Story Of The 24th Letter

    With its long, ambiguous history and multiple phonemes, the letter X is quite a dark horse. It can mean Christ, like the X in Xmas, stand for a chromosome, and even show up in friendly and amorous correspondence (XOXO). But, how did X end up in the alphabet to begin with? The origin of X Since its inception, the letter X has struggled to establish its own …

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