Word Trends & Stories

  1. This Is Why You Should Not Judge A Word By How It Sounds

    In the 1700s, Cassia of Rome warned that maybe we should judge a word by how it sounds. Sit back, it's story time.
  2. Words Bookworms Mispronounce Because We Read Them First

    Anyone who has spent nights during their childhood huddled under a comforter with a flashlight (or more recently a flashlight app) lighting up the splayed pages of a book knows that being a bookworm helps you build the sort of vocabulary that earns you eyerolls on the playground and accolades from the teachers. Yet, dedicated bibliophiles know there’s really only one problem that comes with …

  3. What’s Wrong With The Word Addict?

    The word addict dates back to at least the 1500s, adapted from the Latin addictus, meaning “assigned, surrendered.” But, if experts in drug addiction treatment have their way, use of the word addict as a noun will soon see its end date. Addict is defined by Dictionary.com as “a person who is addicted to an activity, habit, or substance.” While the definition is technically true, …

  4. This Is Why You Should Not Judge A Word By How It Sounds

    In the 1700s, Cassia of Rome warned that maybe we should judge a word by how it sounds. Sit back, it’s story time. One night, Cassia was walking home when a charming man approached with an invite to a mysterious drama called “The Vomitorium.” Cassia followed him to an ancient amphitheater. As he led her through the passageway next to the seats, she was confused …

  5. Slang Every 90s Kid Knows

    Props if you’re in the know. If not, watch this: Pretty much everything was better in the 90s. Especially slang. Chillax? Skeezy? Yes, please!

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    Code Words You Use When All You Really Want To Say Is S.E.X!

  7. What Do You Call Your Parents?

    When you’re born, the first words invariably spoken are mommy or daddy. (In some garbled, gurgled form or another—translation is often required.) So, let’s explore this commonality that connect us all and learn the different words people have come up with to describe their moms, dads, and grandparents. We might just toss in the random uncle, aunt, and cousin too. Most of these have an …

  8. What Is Code-switching?

    A little context … We recently went on a vacation to Texas to visit relatives. Not being from Texas, we were nervous about not knowing the customs or whether or not we would be accepted by a culture foreign to our own. So, when our relatives told us we were going to the neighbors for a barbecue, strong anxiety kicked in … almost immediately. The …

  9. We’re Scrutators Of The Words In This Word Of The Day Quiz!

    Just like you told your father on Father’s Day, this quiz is paragon! If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Improve your vocabulary with our Visual Word of the Day videos.   Not sure what some of the definitions of these words mean? We found some items (linked below) to help give a little more context …   scrutator blamestorming …

  10. Gulag And Other Trending Words This Week

    Whether it’s CNN host Jake Tapper tweeting or Canadian officials making statements to the press, the news tends to make an impact on what people search in the dictionary. Here’s a peek at the words that had folks guessing this week! Ad hominem Tensions between the United States and our northern neighbor, Canada, are at an all-time high this week, with President Donald Trump and …

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