Word Trends & Stories

  1. Nephanalysis, Sitar, Wombat, And Other Words That Trended On Dictionary.com This Week

    What do spivvy, smuggery, stingo, and schlemiel have in common? Sure, they begin with the letter S. But what’s more, they are also some of the leading lookups on Dictionary.com since July 8. Since our introduction of it in our last trending writeup, our ticker has been tirelessly scrolling across our homepage.  And, we’ve continued to watch. So, let’s get started with our top five …

  2. The New Emoji Added In 2019 Are Some Of The Most Diverse Yet

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    How “Burnout” Went From A Casual Expression To A Weighted Word

    by Ashley Austrew Most of us are familiar with the concept of being burned out. It’s that feeling you get when you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and simply don’t have any more energy to devote to a given task, activity, … or career. Traditionally, the word burnout has been used more as a self-diagnosis or casual expression rather than treated as a medical syndrome or mental health …

  4. 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 …

  5. Slang And Spelling Bees Influence Word Searches Over The Past Three Months

    We’re already halfway through 2019, which means we had to look back at our word search data! We love data, OK. Plus, the search trends on Dictionary.com from April through June 2019 did not disappoint. Politics, of course, drove many of the searches. And, uh, a quick warning: there are some references to adult content ahead. (Hey, we don’t control the words, folks. We document …

  6. 15 New And Unique Ways to Say “Congratulations”

  7. The Words That Make Us Tick: What Users Are Looking Up On Dictionary.com Every Day

    You may have noticed a nifty new tool scrolling across the top of the homepage of Dictionary.com. But, what makes it tick? What is the trending word ticker, and how does it work? Rather than reading out stock prices, our ticker pulls real-time data on daily word search trends in our dictionary. The percentage is a measurement of how many searches there are for a …

  8. The Not-So-Nice Evolution Of The Word “Nice”

    Recently, the phrase nice guy has been used to describe guys who are anything but … nice by current standards. What’s the origin of nice? Nice, it turns out, began as a negative term derived from the Latin nescius, meaning “unaware, ignorant.” This sense of “ignorant” was carried over into English when the word was first borrowed (via French) in the early 1300s. And for almost …

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    Thank Your Babushka For These 8 Russian Loanwords In English

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    What Is “GOP” Short For?

    The Republican party has a lot of history. Its origins are interesting in their own right, but one particular part of the party’s history is its nickname: the GOP. Where did this nickname come from and what in the world does it mean? What does GOP mean? The Republican Party picked up the Grand Old Party  label in the 1880s, and that’s where the acronym GOP came from. …

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