Tag Archives: interest-language

  1. Can You Guess These Words From Their Definitions?

    In this game, one person is going to share the definition of a word they chose. Then, another person has to guess what word it is. You should guess along at home! Don’t worry: we’ll have clues!
  2. What Are Examples Of Hyperbole?

    Hyperbole is a super-exaggerated way of describing something for the sake of emphasis that often borders on the fantastical or ridiculous. But what are some examples of hyperbole?
  3. What Is The Difference Between Abbreviations And Acronyms?

    There really could be a whole separate dictionary for the abundance of acronyms and abbreviations people use today. But what is the actual difference between abbreviations and acronyms?
  4. Do You Know Which Of These Words Came First?

  5. Learn About “Mumpsimus” And Other Embarrassing Speech Blunders

  6. What Does The Letter “U” Have To Do With “W”?

    The 23rd letter of the English alphabet is a bit of a wonder. The humble W is the only letter of the alphabet with a three-syllable name. It is also one of three letters (H, W, and Y) with a name that does not indicate its phonetic use. The complications of W are twofold because of its name, double-u, and its shape, double V. What sound …

  7. These Long Words Are Nearly Impossible To Pronounce

    Dictionary.com presents another episode in our "Words That Are Really Hard to Pronounce!" series! It's time for the long words. Can you pronounce them correctly?
  8. “Epidemic” vs. “Pandemic” vs. “Endemic”: What Do These Terms Mean?

    Edited by John Kelly, Senior Research Editor at Dictionary.com If you recall the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s or are taking preparations against COVID-19 right now, then you’ve definitely heard the words epidemic and pandemic. With every biological outbreak, we encounter these words being used more and more frequently—and often, inaccurately. Why is it so easy for people to confuse these words? Well, both …

  9. “She Sheds” And Other Words That We Made Unnecessarily Feminine

    Gendered language isn’t anything new. The English language has repeatedly identified people as male or female through titles and other descriptive words. Think waiter/waitress, policeman/policewoman, and so on. Fortunately, many of these words have been replaced by  gender-neutral terms (server and police officer), but at the same time, some of the latest neologisms assign gender to terms that were previously neutral .  We’re talking about terms …

  10. “Goth” vs. “Emo”: What’s The Difference?

    It’s finally time to settle one of the most annoying mixed-up meanings in modern times … at least for goths (and the emo crowd). You’ve almost certainly heard of both goth and emo, but do you know that each of these are actually rather distinct terms, especially for fans of either music genre and lifestyle? Below, we’ll break down the meaning and differences of both …