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  1. Free Pandemic Zoom Backgrounds To Impress Your Coworkers

    If video conferencing and Zoom happy hours are our new reality, then backgrounds and filters are our new currency. Zoom backgrounds help you hide the dirty laundry you forgot was piled up behind you, and they give you a pass on having to share the details of your living space with your boss, your teacher, or 35 nosy coworkers. We’ve all seen coworkers rocking backgrounds …

  2. Famous Writers Share The Teacher Who Changed Their Lives

    There’s a popular bumper sticker that states “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” It’s the kind of sentiment we can get behind at Thesaurus.com. After all, it’s the teachers of the world who help kids learn how to read and write and to use the dictionary and thesaurus too. Thank your teacher With the nation’s 3.2 million teachers adjusting to the new world …

  3. Coronavirus: The Words You Need To Understand The News

    by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com The situation of the coronavirus outbreak is changing fast. And news and information about the disease can be overwhelming, not least of which are the many new, confusing, and technical terms being used about the outbreak. Understanding these terms is essential to helping people stay informed and safe—and we take seriously our role in defining and explaining …

  4. How Young People Are Redefining “Transgender” And “Nonbinary”

    by Rory Gory While not all transgender or nonbinary people can or want to be visible in society, having language to describe gender identity and expression is extremely important. It helps avoid their erasure in legislation. Language that affirms gender identity—including names, pronouns, and labels—can even be lifesaving for young people. Specific words that communicate the complexities of gender identity, such as agender, demigirl, bigender, …

  5. Is The Coronavirus A Plague?

    by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com Most of us have never lived through a pandemic like the coronavirus before, but we have heard or learned about them, from the Spanish flu to, more notoriously, the plague, like the Black Death. And perhaps, as you’ve followed the news or talked to people about COVID-19, you have even heard the coronavirus called a “plague.” No, …

  6. What Is The Difference Between “Delegate” vs. “Superdelegate”?

    In any election, there’s a ton of information to get a handle on. When can you vote? Can you vote early? Where can you vote? And oh yeah, who and what are you voting for? On top of all that, the electoral process in the US can be just plain confusing—no matter how much attention you, ahem, paid in American Government class. There’s the general …

  7. 8 Election Words To Know Before You Vote

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  9. Humanitarian, Sublimate, And Other Trending Words On Dictionary.com

    From Glenn Close at the Golden Globes to Cyntoia Brown in Tennessee, here’s who (and what) had folks searching for meaning on Dictionary.com the week of January 4–11, 2019. Humanitarian President Donald Trump made his first-ever address to the nation from the Oval Office this week, so it’s no surprise that folks tuned in to see what he had to say, or that plenty stuck …

  10. Why Are People Getting “Canceled”?

    We could always cancel our plans or a magazine subscription, but these days it’s people who are up for cancelation. The verb cancel dates back to the days of medieval Latin, meaning “to cross out.” It’s only in the past couple of years that it’s been used to declare people null and void. Everyone from Kanye West to Lena Dunham has now been labelled as “canceled” …