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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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How ‘pride’ (and #Pride) became what it is today: newest sense of 'radio silent' involves neither radios or actual silence. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'effigy'
The #WordOfTheDay is 'skirl'📈We’re seeing a big spike on ‘86’ today. 'desert' in 'just deserts' is unrelated to sand or sweets. It instead comes from the same word as 'deserve.' they're spelled the same, the "shoe" and "accent" senses of 'brogue' derive from separate Irish words. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'skirl' Latin 'mendax' (meaning "lying" or "false") is the root of the English 'mendacity' ("lack of honesty" or "lie").
Some weekend inspiration: extended sense of 'pillory' (to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn) can be seen as early as the 17th…'Deprived': not having the things needed for a good or healthy life 'Depraved': having or showing an evil and immor…'Finalize': the 'literally' of the mid-20th century example to be followed sets a 'precedent.' Something that has a higher priority takes 'precedence.''s Friday. It's summer. You're staring out the window anyway. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'notorious' anyone who's ever wondered when to use 'than I' vs. 'than me':
@Goonwuff <3Consider this an open thread for TLC and/or Radiohead references.'Callosity' literal - abnormal hardness of skin figurative - lack of feeling or capacity for emotion Dickens once commented that shandy (then called 'shandygaff') was the perfect "alliance between beer and po… refresher, centuries in the making: @tylerpauling25 Look it up.'Reboot' has an etymological connection to footwear through the word 'bootstrap.'📈'Solstice' comes from the Latin 'solstitium,' which combined the words for "sun" + "standing." #SummerSolstice morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'voracity'
Are those 'brogues' or 'loafers'? 'Espadrilles' or 'plimsolls'? And what's a 'winklepicker'?'Disrupt' has seen a fairly broad, fairly rapid shift in use since the late 20th century. case your timeline could use the stories behind seven shades of pink: heard your complaints about 'irregardless' and have made a decision. It is still a real word. Thank you.📈'Feckless' has been among our top ten lookups for three weeks straight.'Refugee' first referred to Protestants fleeing France after the 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the law th… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'balmy'
Flimflam Rantum-scantum Jiggery-pokery On the joys of reduplication: ancient Athens, 'ostracism' was a ritual vote that temporarily exiled prominent citizens whose influence threate… is #Juneteenth, celebrating the day the Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Texas in 1865. one's right behind it.📈'Asylum' is our current top search. 'than' only a conjunction? Or can it be a preposition? Word Nerds, enjoy.'B side' has begun to take on a flip side (new usage) of its own. phrase 'made out of whole cloth'—meaning "completely without basis"—first appeared in 19th-century American Eng… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'quail' show you a picture of food. You tell us what it's called. That's basically all there is to it.
In the 1938 play 'Gas Light,' a man tries to make his wife lose her grip on reality by dimming the lights in the ho… original 'limelight' was invented for boat safety, but its oxyhydrogen flame proved too expensive and dangerous… very close attention to the words in this article. (Not for any magic reasons, but for general reading comprehe…'Ideate' may sound like a recent addition, but its use in English dates back to the 1600s.'Litotes' is a double negative (such as "not unaware" or "not inaccurate") that expresses a positive through unders…'Border': 🗺 a boundary or an outer edge 'Boarder': 🏂 one who rides a skateboard or snowboardGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'jabberwocky' everyone watching Queer Eye: 'zhuzh' and 'zhoosh' are the spellings that have gained the most traction so far.
Yes, this list of Pennsylvania Dutch words includes 'distelfink.' Of course. are, 'comprised of' makes you either: 1) shrug and think, "Yeah that's fine" 2) clench your jaw and think d…📈Top lookups today: father, dad, daddy, honor, concentration campGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'meritorious'
ingurgitate, borborygmus, deglutition ... these are real words
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterA hard row to hoe One's chickens coming home to roost Happy as a pig in mud Here are a whole bunch of common phras…'Obtuse' is often used to suggest a willful ignorance or insensitivity to the real facts of a situation. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'tantalize''s late at night on a Friday. Check out some rare, very specific adverbs.
@DewilliamsMatt No.'Comprised of' has been in established use for centuries. It was only in the early 1900s that usage guides decided… @WiscPlays Fans of a good game.📈⚽️ Searches for 'hat trick' just bent around every other word in the book. #PORESP're keeping an eye on '-iversary' (as in monthiversary, blogiversary, bookiversary) because suffixes deserve atte… original English meaning of 'franchise' was “freedom from servitude or restraint,” stemming from the French 'fr… Latin 'libra pondo' meant “a pound by weight,” and 'libra' survives today in both the £ symbol and the abbrevia…'Chef's kiss' references a gesture called 'al bacio,' meaning "as good as a kiss." most cases, a 'jail' is used for temporary detainment (while awaiting trial or sentencing) and a 'prison' for ca…'s time to play NAME. THAT. FOOD!! @SheckyX Phew!For those about to Summer Friday: morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'pugnacious'
If you've ever wondered how 'franchise' can refer to both voting rights and the Avengers, we have you covered.'Prevaricate' is different from 'lie' in that it suggests evading the truth rather than telling an outright falseho…📈Searches for 'insubordinate' ("disobedient to authority") are up over 15,000%'Chef's kiss': when the situation is *just right* 'angel's share' is the amount of an alcoholic drink lost to evaporation while the liquid ages.… it suggests the act of forecasting, 'bellwether' has nothing to do with 'weather' and a lot to do with castr…