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Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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@stephaniefysh They're permanent!You can now carry a little piece of our #WordOfTheYear with you everywhere (for only $14 today):… @xdygds7 Descriptive. It rose from confusion with 'flout.' @kelleher_ We're very scary.If you need to change 'tack,' remember to do it with 'tact.' 'contronym' (or 'Janus word') is a word that can be its own opposite, such as 'sanction' or 'oversight.'… @JasonCerezo No, thank *you* Jason.Sure, you know everything about Star Wars. But do you know everything about the words it uses? morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'diaphanous'
Our 2017 #WordOfTheYear is 'feminism.' spiking @MerriamWebster: 'pedophilia' & 'bellwether.' #ALSenate
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster2017 saw both a sustained rise in 'feminism' lookups and a number of event-driven spikes. 'Feminism' is our…
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterAlso among our top 10 #WordOfTheYear picks are the solar eclipse's 'syzygy' and the Oscars' 'gaffe.'… history behind some commonly used words of political scandal: saw spikes for 'feminism' throughout the year, as 2017 gave people a host of reasons to look it up.…"Too Marvelous for Words" -- the Sinatra song with a lyric that includes "Webster's Dictionary" on @franksinatra's…
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterFor everyone who asked: yes, 'dotard' made the list. Check out the rest of our #WordOfTheYear selections: now or forever hold your peace. @PeterSokolowski explains how 'feminism' became our #WordOfTheYear:'Feminism' was looked up 70% more in 2017 than in 2016. And it was looked up a ton in 2016. For more on our… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'sustain' saw both a sustained rise in 'feminism' lookups and a number of event-driven spikes. 'Feminism' is our…
@jenniferrock Got your back.'Orphic' is the #WordOfTheDay encourage you to loiter on this article about the phrase "positively no.", reck yourself before you wreck yourself. 'reck' in 'reckless' is a verb meaning "to worry or care for."'taint' is from Middle French 'teindre' "to color, dye," from Latin 'tengere' "to dip, moisten, tinge" #etymology
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster @skeskali We'd recommend the first one.Family is complicated. But the language that can describe family? Also quite complex. @NoahWebHouse Our version is all sooped up.Although it's used significantly less often, 'wholistic' is an accepted variation of 'holistic.'… theory, a 'third rail' will ruin a politician's campaign. In reality, it will literally electrocute someone. morning! "Ultimate" and "penultimate" aren't the same. Here's @MerriamWebster's (almost) final word on the dif…
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'orphic'
We begged you not to tell us, but you did anyway. Your 'pickle' possibilities made us laugh, and made us cry, and,…📈'Pickle' is, no joke, trending. Internet, we are warning you, we do not want to know why.'Dilly' is thought to be a shortening and alteration of 'delightful.' morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'cachinnate'
‘Zoomorphic’ is the #WordOfTheDay @Humanitarian66 @john_overholt If you stare long into the abyss, the abyss meows back.Just eight more shopping days until Saturnalia! Are you ready? this collection of hundred-year-old cat memes doesn't take Twitter by storm, then I just don't know who you are…
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'zoomorphic' @PattiArnold12 Verily we beg reprieve.If you pronounce it 'heighth,' you once would've been in good company. About 200 years ago.
Stephen's right. the history and meaning(s) of 'presidential':'Sin' is one of the rare words to enter the language over 1000 years ago (Old English 'syn'), but largely retain it… announcement. This Tuesday. The Internet. Be there.'Wend' is the #WordOfTheDay edition (the great revision of 1864 of Webster's Unabridged) was the first English dictionary to include engra…
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster📈 ‘Surrogacy’ is our top lookup after the resignation of Trent Franks. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'wend'
@actual_anna Thank you for this.In 'dad bod,' the word 'dad' is technically still a noun. 'Daddest bod,' however, would make it an adjective.… your party-planning needs this season. @cococoyote @beaurue 13/10.Tenebrous Umbra Crepuscule Words for the goth in all of us. @alinebmckenna @kabirakhtar We’ll certainly do our best.'Graham crackers' are named for a dietary reformer who was twice attacked by butchers “for denouncing meat as sexua… @kabirakhtar @alinebmckenna Uh, it's mutual.Our word 'skosh' comes from the Japanese 'sukoshi,' which translates as "a tiny bit" or "a small amount."'Infamy' is a top lookup today @MerriamWebster. It's looked up every year on December 7.
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster @lucifauxfur @Zyphree_ Oh it's not even close.A 'reckless' driver goes without caution or heed. A 'wreckless' one would theoretically be a pretty safe driver. with 'that' vs. 'which'? Here's how to tell the difference. "one who searches out and publicly exposes misconduct" meaning of 'muckraker' was solidified after a 1906 Teddy… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'maieutic' @Zyphree_ Huge if true.
Hint: it's not the second one. 'for all intensive purposes' makes your eye twitch, read on. @adam807 @ThePhantom For clarity's sake, we'd probably caution against it. @RoboSkel100K (Be sure to send away for the decoder ring too.) @phiI94 Sorry. @phiI94 We don't encourage it, but it's happened enough that we enter it.Print this tweet: i.e. (that is) e.g. (for example) @Fresh Yeah the fish is wet. @YrBusinesslady That's a great idea! We're not currently doing remote meetings, but if we do we'll send a note to everyone on the panel.