Word Trends & Stories

  1. The Greatest Language Hits Of Black Music

  2. LGBTQ Language: A Guide To Sexuality And Gender Words

  3. Redefine Black: Why Dictionary.com Is Updating Its Definition

    Update: Dictionary.com lexicographers have completed updates of our current entry for the word Black. Read on to find out why we’ve decided to revise this particular entry.  At Dictionary.com we take words very seriously. They are foundational to how individuals think about themselves, and they can influence the perceptions of others. When it comes to the language of identity, the words we use are especially …

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    Why Is “Bisexual” Such A Charged Word?

    by Rory Gory Bisexual people make up 52 percent of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) community, but in recent years, the words to describe the identity of someone who is attracted to more than one gender have become increasingly complex. As the conversation around gender identity has expanded, so, too, has the language to describe both gender and sexuality as well as the complex …

  5. Have You Ever Mixed Up These Misunderstood Emoji?

    We've rounded up some emoji that often suffer from cases of mistaken identity. Emoji have official names and are typically designed with a certain image, idea, or emotion in mind.

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    Ways To Laugh Online That Are More Amusing Than LOL

    There are all sorts of ways to show when we're in stitches on social and in text messages, these are some creative offshoots of LOL.

  7. Can You Answer These Quiz Questions Seriatim?

    Expend some of your scaturient energy on this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | May 20 – May 26, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it with …

  8. Savor The JOMO With This Word of The Day Quiz

    Please consent to expanding your vocabulary before proceeding with this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | May 13 – May 19, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share …

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    The Important Rise Of “#DemThrones”

    by Kimberly C. Ellis, PhD I remember that Sunday so clearly. I saw something called “#RedWedding” trending on Twitter and when I clicked on the hashtag, I discovered it was related to the hit television show Game of Thrones already into its third season. I decided that night I would find out about the show, watch it for the first time, and learn about this Red …

  10. The Most Surprisingly Serendipitous Words Of The Day

    We’re back celebrating our Word of the Day’s birthday! Because there’s plenty left to reminisce about from the last 10 years. In Part II of our lexical stroll down memory lane (see Part I, 1999–2008, here), we will be examining word selections from 2009–2018, unearthing  serendipitous synchronicities and offering perspicacious perspectives into notable events and trends of the last decade. Oops, just kidding, because our …

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