Dictionary Week: Word Curiosity Day

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Dictionary Week continues with Word Curiosity Day, an exploration of all the questions and wonder that words awaken in us. We’re here to answer all your burning questions about words, the dictionary, and the ever-evolving linguistic landscape. Feed and fuel your Word Curiosity with our expert panel, quizzes, and more!

🙋 Ask Us Anything!  

Now’s your chance to pose your most burning word questions directly to the people behind the dictionary themselves. Join us on Twitter on Thursday, May 18, at 1 p.m. ET for a special opportunity to ask the language questions you’ve always wondered about. Like:

  • How do words get added to the dictionary?
  • Why is colonel spelled that way?
  • How can dictionaries be more inclusive?
  • Who decides what a word means?
  • Why do flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?
  • Do dictionaries still matter?
  • What’s the plural of moose?

Featuring our expert panel:

  • Dara Sanderson, CEO
  • Grant Barrett, Head of Lexicography
  • John Kelly, Senior Director of Editorial

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🧠 Curious About Cool Words? Take Our Quiz

We’re turning the tables on Word Curiosity Day with our quiz about cool words—in which we will ask the questions! Are you up to the challenge?

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🤔 How Does The Dictionary Work?

Join us on the lexicographical journey of a word from the wild into the dictionary. We’ll answer all the questions you didn’t even know you had!

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What makes a word nonstandard? Slang? Extremely disparaging and offensive? Get to know how and why labels get assigned to words on Dictionary.com.

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When curiosity rouses you to research, make sure you’re working with the most credible sources. Learn about how to tell the difference between questionable sources and legitimate ones.

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