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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: https://t.co/agSy33qOcoThe newest sense of 'radio silent' involves neither radios or actual silence. https://t.co/jnhTP7AJPVGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'effigy' https://t.co/yoCijKwFnc https://t.co/KD0S2w30bX
6/24
2018
The #WordOfTheDay is 'skirl' https://t.co/v5zGuD8CQ4 https://t.co/Og3ZruzHJg📈We’re seeing a big spike on ‘86’ today. https://t.co/hcQUgmcbZkThe 'desert' in 'just deserts' is unrelated to sand or sweets. It instead comes from the same word as 'deserve.' https://t.co/mh2xYJWiO0Though they're spelled the same, the "shoe" and "accent" senses of 'brogue' derive from separate Irish words. https://t.co/pgsQNYkFmKGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'skirl' https://t.co/huWv6CIvCh https://t.co/yvpPgXPu3XThe Latin 'mendax' (meaning "lying" or "false") is the root of the English 'mendacity' ("lack of honesty" or "lie"). https://t.co/5gbSW1uuIx
6/23
2018
Some weekend inspiration: https://t.co/jnhTP7AJPVThe extended sense of 'pillory' (to expose to public contempt, ridicule, or scorn) can be seen as early as the 17th… https://t.co/fnkInCzW4V'Deprived': not having the things needed for a good or healthy life 'Depraved': having or showing an evil and immor… https://t.co/NvaQDEFHxg'Finalize': the 'literally' of the mid-20th century https://t.co/u1mydZ0YtrAn example to be followed sets a 'precedent.' Something that has a higher priority takes 'precedence.' https://t.co/rfdwrTpMTWIt's Friday. It's summer. You're staring out the window anyway. https://t.co/Al06bWl7HsGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'notorious' https://t.co/uWA6rgK5LO https://t.co/rYNH6Kzw90For anyone who's ever wondered when to use 'than I' vs. 'than me': https://t.co/8DW63q8IE9
6/22
2018
@Goonwuff <3Consider this an open thread for TLC and/or Radiohead references. https://t.co/3IP1x4M9bZ'Callosity' literal - abnormal hardness of skin figurative - lack of feeling or capacity for emotion https://t.co/JW0HyEsL7xCharles Dickens once commented that shandy (then called 'shandygaff') was the perfect "alliance between beer and po… https://t.co/7Z4zPfwu8HA refresher, centuries in the making: https://t.co/XXBLzM6hL6 @tylerpauling25 Look it up.'Reboot' has an etymological connection to footwear through the word 'bootstrap.' https://t.co/NOOwheca7a https://t.co/uCdz9sV7Ap📈'Solstice' comes from the Latin 'solstitium,' which combined the words for "sun" + "standing." #SummerSolstice https://t.co/dIqZBkbdVZGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'voracity' https://t.co/wsI2gUYGs4 https://t.co/XHptyI5el8
6/21
2018
Are those 'brogues' or 'loafers'? 'Espadrilles' or 'plimsolls'? And what's a 'winklepicker'? https://t.co/J4sv23701V'Disrupt' has seen a fairly broad, fairly rapid shift in use since the late 20th century. https://t.co/9s1GaPcyUmIn case your timeline could use the stories behind seven shades of pink: https://t.co/iN5ii2Kg93We heard your complaints about 'irregardless' and have made a decision. It is still a real word. Thank you. https://t.co/w5pJAuX8kc📈'Feckless' has been among our top ten lookups for three weeks straight. https://t.co/oyDdW8REUX'Refugee' first referred to Protestants fleeing France after the 1685 revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the law th… https://t.co/fci924j0XTGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'balmy' https://t.co/diHRwI3s2H https://t.co/W4Qn1htq2i
6/20
2018
Flimflam Rantum-scantum Jiggery-pokery On the joys of reduplication: https://t.co/Jw2v9tnlUQIn ancient Athens, 'ostracism' was a ritual vote that temporarily exiled prominent citizens whose influence threate… https://t.co/1GXMmWuUQTToday is #Juneteenth, celebrating the day the Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Texas in 1865. https://t.co/L2OisIAOfMThat one's right behind it. https://t.co/F2zdwFTzd7📈'Asylum' is our current top search. https://t.co/V78lNDxariIs 'than' only a conjunction? Or can it be a preposition? Word Nerds, enjoy. https://t.co/8DW63q8IE9'B side' has begun to take on a flip side (new usage) of its own. https://t.co/tWTzjZEWPgThe phrase 'made out of whole cloth'—meaning "completely without basis"—first appeared in 19th-century American Eng… https://t.co/plRyFi5qz3Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'quail' https://t.co/shwjrLUY6K https://t.co/cZ7IGvGujxWe show you a picture of food. You tell us what it's called. That's basically all there is to it. https://t.co/JkymIS6wYk
6/19
2018
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… https://t.co/DidxYTk92cThe original 'limelight' was invented for boat safety, but its oxyhydrogen flame proved too expensive and dangerous… https://t.co/BTPt59pQ1lPay very close attention to the words in this article. (Not for any magic reasons, but for general reading comprehe… https://t.co/6GNMDOiQYS'Ideate' may sound like a recent addition, but its use in English dates back to the 1600s. https://t.co/hpJv3oO09d'Litotes' is a double negative (such as "not unaware" or "not inaccurate") that expresses a positive through unders… https://t.co/Dlucn56Wua'Border': 🗺 a boundary or an outer edge 'Boarder': 🏂 one who rides a skateboard or snowboardGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'jabberwocky' https://t.co/9grDQ1uDqF https://t.co/JQrmOrKN6IFor everyone watching Queer Eye: 'zhuzh' and 'zhoosh' are the spellings that have gained the most traction so far. https://t.co/QLAYWnJxLn
6/18
2018
Yes, this list of Pennsylvania Dutch words includes 'distelfink.' Of course. https://t.co/h66PS3kM4DChances are, 'comprised of' makes you either: 1) shrug and think, "Yeah that's fine" 2) clench your jaw and think d… https://t.co/Ugov6vpL52📈Top lookups today: father, dad, daddy, honor, concentration campGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'meritorious' https://t.co/53RAr4l4i7 https://t.co/Xb1BVNcr2x
6/17
2018
ingurgitate, borborygmus, deglutition ... these are real words https://t.co/TiTKARiyvt
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… https://t.co/o4XTElbDkV'Obtuse' is often used to suggest a willful ignorance or insensitivity to the real facts of a situation. https://t.co/FAv0v3NHebGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'tantalize' https://t.co/lDA4pLM5Qo https://t.co/Xt8Ro8VWDZIt's late at night on a Friday. Check out some rare, very specific adverbs. https://t.co/MkOFR46bHk
6/16
2018
@DewilliamsMatt No.'Comprised of' has been in established use for centuries. It was only in the early 1900s that usage guides decided… https://t.co/HD1Eiwk5T8 @WiscPlays Fans of a good game.📈⚽️ Searches for 'hat trick' just bent around every other word in the book. #PORESP https://t.co/K8gEhx0dyEWe're keeping an eye on '-iversary' (as in monthiversary, blogiversary, bookiversary) because suffixes deserve atte… https://t.co/RKIkIEAHN7The original English meaning of 'franchise' was “freedom from servitude or restraint,” stemming from the French 'fr… https://t.co/cT52ImSIYuThe Latin 'libra pondo' meant “a pound by weight,” and 'libra' survives today in both the £ symbol and the abbrevia… https://t.co/AAdu5dTguf'Chef's kiss' references a gesture called 'al bacio,' meaning "as good as a kiss." https://t.co/7Pak7HUJHVIn most cases, a 'jail' is used for temporary detainment (while awaiting trial or sentencing) and a 'prison' for ca… https://t.co/MaefYt2331It's time to play NAME. THAT. FOOD!! https://t.co/JkymIS6wYk @SheckyX Phew!For those about to Summer Friday: https://t.co/gFnVwd5iz9Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'pugnacious' https://t.co/K5SCyORfCd https://t.co/DeMD4mW9WQ
6/15
2018
If you've ever wondered how 'franchise' can refer to both voting rights and the Avengers, we have you covered. https://t.co/SueWQJQaCi'Prevaricate' is different from 'lie' in that it suggests evading the truth rather than telling an outright falseho… https://t.co/cMobCsYVt4📈Searches for 'insubordinate' ("disobedient to authority") are up over 15,000% https://t.co/GzV9Y25Lsc'Chef's kiss': when the situation is *just right* https://t.co/7Pak7HUJHVThe 'angel's share' is the amount of an alcoholic drink lost to evaporation while the liquid ages.… https://t.co/AcZT5VKt6uThough it suggests the act of forecasting, 'bellwether' has nothing to do with 'weather' and a lot to do with castr… https://t.co/yquNmsQf8j
6/14
2018

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