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  1. QAnon

    QAnon is the name of a far-right conspiracy theory that believes there is a deep state plot, slowly being exposed online by an anonymous leader named Q, against President Donald Trump. Like it or not,…
  2. 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 …

  3. Hokie

    No, a Hokie is not a dance you learned back in elementary school involving sticking bits of your body "in and out" (that's the hokey-pokey). Spelled with an "ie" at the end, a Hokie is…
  4. murder porn

    Murder porn is a term used to describe the consumption of violent crime stories as entertainment. It can be used to reference both fictional and true accounts of homicides, although it’s usually used to refer…
  5. PSL

    PSL is short for pumpkin spice latte. This seasonal caffeinated drink is typically sold at Starbucks during fall, featuring autumnal flavors such as cinnamon and nutmeg. PSL can also be used as an acronym for…
  6. Cross-Race Effect

    The Cross-Race Effect explains why some people are better at recognizing faces of people of their own race, rather than those of a different race. It is sometimes called the Other-Race Effect or Own-Race Bias.
  7. white privilege

    White privilege is the unearned, mostly unacknowledged social advantage white people have over other racial groups simply because they are white.
  8. flop account

    Flop account is a term that describes a social-media account used to debate things that the poster deems a “flop” or “cringeworthy."
  9. In My Feelings Challenge

    The In My Feelings Challenge is the name for a viral dance trend in which people dance outside of an open car door to the song "In My Feelings" by rapper Drake.
  10. MSM

    MSM means "mainstream media." It is often used to describe media outlets, like newspapers and news shows, that are widely viewed and accepted by most people and that are generally seen as reliable. Some people believe…
  11. Florence Nightingale Effect

    The Florence Nightingale Effect explains why caregivers sometimes develop romantic and/or sexual feelings for their patients. Also known as Nightingale Syndrome, it is sometimes used to explain why caregivers show empathy and compassion for patients,…
  12. IKEA Effect

    IKEA Effect explains why people are inclined to better appreciate things they’ve created themselves than something created for them. Related words: Google effect Rashomon effect Dunning Kruger effect IKEA