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  1. The Most Adorable Ways To Avoid Cursing

    Sometimes, there’s nothing more satisfying than belting out a four-letter taboo—or a string of them. When little G-rated ears are present, however, cussing isn’t an option (“flipping freaking frothy fudgecicle!”). Whether overhearing ears are young and tiny or old and sensitive, inoffensive swearword stand-ins are often needed. To help ease the burden of sanitizing your swearing (it’s tough, we know), we’re delving into the origins …

  2. D’oh! Words We Blurt

    Ever trip over a sidewalk curb? Fall down a step? Bump into someone on the street? Push a door the wrong way? What’s your first verbal instinct in these moments of surprise? Is it to blurt out some onomatopoetic non-word (QZ.com refers to them quite accurately as “interjections, exclamations, non-lexical conversational sounds”). Well, whatever they are called, we know a few gut-reaction examples (that have …

  3. Right On: Slang Words From The Copacetic 70s

    These phrases became especially popular by artists & cool cats in the '70s.

  4. Where Did African American Vernacular English Come From?

    Dictionary.com’s United States of Diversity series by Taneesh Khera Welcome back to our United States of Diversity series, where we travel the country exploring the minority languages, dialects, and people that live here. In this episode, we’re happy to give you our tribute to African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Also called Black English or Ebonics, a blend of the words ebony and phonics, AAVE is …

  5. You Can Use These Words To Describe Your Most Toxic Friends

    Words for friends who squash your spirit, only look out for themselves, and bring negativity into your life.

  6. Why Do We Call It A “Wife Beater” Shirt?

    How did a violent term become a piece of clothing? We’re in a bubbling cauldron of gender issues, and they’re boiling to the surface. To contribute to this heated discussion, we think there’s no better time to take wife beater, the slang term for that ubiquitous sleeveless white shirt, to the dump for good. But, how did the violent term become associated with a piece …

  7. The Current And Confusing Language Of Politics

    We're here to help by providing an insider’s guide to political jargon. Because politics are scary enough.

  8. Singsong Phrases That Have Musical Backstories

    Popular catchphrases that originally came from songs. From rock-and-roll to rap, musicians have written lyrics that have stuck in our heads, leading them to become part of the vernacular.

  9. Cracking The Code of Millennial Slang

    What does it mean to glo up? Who the heck is Salt Bae? We help you decode these and other popular slang terms.

  10. getty

    Digging Up Old Slang For Body Parts

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