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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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The 'hodag,' a mythical beast known mainly in WI and MN, is thought "outstanding in both ferocity and melancholy." #WordOfTheDay is 'euphony' first time 'terrorism' was entered in the dictionary was 1840, in Noah Webster's final revision.'Regiment' refers to both a military unit and the act of rigidly organizing something (like, say, a 'regimen').📈 'Nationalism' is also a top lookup. It is not the same thing as 'patriotism.' to be a better #writer? Download @SignatureReads and @MerriamWebster's Ultimate Writing Guide for free!…
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterOur first recorded English use of 'ninja' is from Ian Fleming's 1964 novel 'You Only Live Twice.'… Traveler Spotlight: 1996 gave us 'face-palm,' 'fist bump,' and, most importantly, the movie Independence Day📈 'Spurious' is trending after a John McCain speech criticizing U.S. international leadership morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'euphony'
@NoahWebHouse We are the walrus.Oh yes, there are Merriam-Webster totes available. are watching 'spox' (short for 'spokesperson'). That is as far as we're able to comment at this time. go-to answer every time we're accused of Ruining English (h/t @PeterSokolowski ) Get yours today! #DictionaryDay
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Myriad' was used solely as a noun for its first 150 years or so. Then the poets got hold of it.📈 Searches for 'righteous' are up in response to a new book by that name. assured, we will 100% give you another chance later this week. 'counting' is of course something a social media manager is bad at doing in the moment.'Nutation' of course is oscillatory movement of the axis of a rotating body (such as the earth). But also, the act of nodding the head.We have a winner!!! amounts. what? Let's do a giveaway. We're thinking of a word. You ask yes/no questions to figure it out. Winner gets… know you carry love for language in your heart. This #DictionaryDay, you can carry it on the outside as well.… is hard. So we teamed with @SignatureReads on this guide to help you do it anyway: #DictionaryDay, a cake at @MerriamWebster's Springfield office. Party like a lexicographer!
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'chary'
'Razzmatazz' is the #WordOfTheDay leaf-peeping season, impress your friends with both the scenery and your vocabulary for it. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'razzmatazz'
How 'sketchy' made its way from drawings to DMs:'Golden ticket' may be making its grand entrance to the dictionary sometime soon. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'palliate'
The word 'villain' was first used by landed aristocrats to describe lower-class villagers. up a stool. Put some songs on the jukebox. Old M-W's telling stories about words again. @140xLangame That's when the crowd goes "RTJ."Run the 'gamut': show an entire range Run the 'gauntlet': endure an ordeal Run the 'gambit': jog while playing chess second 'g' in 'ginkgo' can be traced to a misspelling of the Japanese 'ginkyō.' coffee Acoustic guitar Scripted show Learn some retronyms from the folks who brought you 'print dictionary' @Popehat @scalzi @baylorgrad We like to call it the 'Merriam-Webster comma.'Although you may have already decided you despise it altogether, 'alright' is all right. may experience 'triskaidekaphobia' (fear of the number 13). Others, not so much. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'lagniappe' you find that perfect new word to describe the gloom @FigVilleUSA Both can count it as a great-great-great grandmother.'Umbra,' the Latin word for "shade," was first used in English to mean a phantom or a ghost.
The #WordOfTheDay is 'interdigitate', we are watching 'hangry.' [goes on a snack break]! Nuts! Oh sugar! & other things to shout when you're angry, hungry, or both. That. Form of Government! @dearhappyhansen Had a hunch.In case you want to look at cats but also think about hitting things. Latin word 'mendax' gives us 'mendacious,' meaning "likely to tell lies," and 'amend,' "to put right."…📈 'Kafkaesque' refers to something that is nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'interdigitate'
The introductory 'which' dates back to at least the 14th century. Which, old.'Blatherskite' is an alteration of the Scottish term 'blather skate,' and first referred to an incompetent person.… Snallygasters Tommy-knockers The dictionary is dark and full of terrors.'Cutty Sark': 🥃 (a famous whisky) ⛵️ (a famous clipper ship) 👙 (a Scottish witch's lingerie) note: the past tense of 'creep out' is always 'creeped out.' or metaphorically, just stay off the tracks.'Bloviate' was popularized by Warren G. Harding. FDR liked 'iffy.' Teddy Roosevelt? 'Lunatic fringe.' @JackedYoTweets Huge if true. (It's not.)Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'tendentious'
The 'premises' (as in, "removed from") got their name from being in the first part of a real estate contract.…