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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 rumors are true: 'ew' is now an accepted SCRABBLE word. (Also, bookmark this for a cheat sheet of other playab… https://t.co/lO5D2lLicTHappy #NationalComicBookDay! https://t.co/TDq74kwVrUOnce upon a time, the ampersand was considered the 27th member of the alphabet. https://t.co/ArtsBfv5fUCriticaster Aristarch Smellfungus Yeesh, tough crowd. https://t.co/5f9LcR5pGGA look at the history of 'decadent,' because you can't stop watching Great British Bake Off anyway. https://t.co/lbOz4hM245Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'secrete' https://t.co/cMLb5PeLwS https://t.co/ysAcA8CG5oGo ahead and add them to your rotation. https://t.co/hFS6Rp0M0C
9/25
2018
On copying, pasting, and the 'copypasta': https://t.co/sk4UIQZcWL @JDeight And LeBron James is Gwangi.📈'Basta' ("that's enough") is among our top lookups today. We found evidence that it's been used in English sourc… https://t.co/psUt79IRsZDespite the sketches not airing on SNL in over a decade, 'Debbie Downer' has lived on in the language. https://t.co/QUVj6DNl2h'Gobemouche' ("one who believes everything he or she hears") comes from French, where it more or less translates to… https://t.co/zKwIXG8tF3In case you needed a word for it, 'axinomancy' describes a type of divination involving the movements of an ax plac… https://t.co/GLgRqkHZgH🎉 #SCRABBLE fans: check out some of our favorite new words added to the dictionary! 🎉 https://t.co/FuHDOPJZrSGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'glade' https://t.co/Dx7Ygp9iYG https://t.co/uFZXuKIZik'Opprobrium': public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious https://t.co/5VknrkrD4b
9/24
2018
Among the words that drew attention this week: allegation, likely, eleventh hour, horseplay, cereal https://t.co/nvE1pJw3tqGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'biannual' https://t.co/Xwfodyt5rT https://t.co/IOd7KfiLxO
9/23
2018
Peep these 🍂🍁. #autumnalequinox https://t.co/AfcsKMZgal🌯🥝🥑🍪 FOOD QUIZ 🍣🥥🍲🥪 https://t.co/KPUlNhsYqeGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'viva voce' https://t.co/S6urVkjNVq https://t.co/1uxPKoEGjC
9/22
2018
'Patchwriting' refers to the act of copying another's work but making small changes and substitutions that attempt… https://t.co/DqpT2DNqtgDo you remember (the words that trended the week of) the 21st night of September? https://t.co/nvE1pJw3tq @Paulmd199 Fixed - thanks!Spanghew Gyascutus Hapax legomenon Hey here's a list of rare, strange, and very specific words: https://t.co/MHbSK1HyzbOn the plus side, it's pretty much the weekend and fall is about to start. https://t.co/vZeoSEXCbuA lot of people can't stand the use of 'try and' instead of 'try to.' But, of course, that doesn't make it wrong. https://t.co/GnLkME9UUJGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'panoply' https://t.co/dzzhsEjMH3 https://t.co/HUrwa9rymu
9/21
2018
This tweet asks that you consider the subjunctive for a bit (and it does so in the subjunctive). https://t.co/mUTQZ3oYYc
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Than': used when talking about comparisons 'Then': used when talking about something relating to time https://t.co/h4Ez8liknN @AniqueCreations Thank you.How 'decadent' hides its etymology and early meaning in plain sight: https://t.co/lbOz4hM245 @VerityPlayer @PeterSokolowski https://t.co/pFB9X8XpOWSo how exactly do you pronounce 'vase,' anyway? @PeterSokolowski explains: https://t.co/6tqbKwToofHooky Soccer Booby trap A look at words that got their start in school: https://t.co/FRMCpk4541Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'milieu' https://t.co/cIMblDpetn https://t.co/pQ5ENjMB5P
9/20
2018
NAME. THAT. THING! https://t.co/r7NF05ykCNOn pilfering, purloining, and plagiarism: https://t.co/sFPYywjm2cNow that everyone's back to school, we put everything you might need to ace English class all in one spot. https://t.co/wNfZzVHp9VGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'atone' https://t.co/mlr6JpeZ9H https://t.co/iYw72huskMThe modern 'snark' is a back-formation from the earlier 'snarky,' which began being used around the turn of the 20t… https://t.co/l5AITBQEn4'éclair' is from French, literally, "lightning" from Old French 'esclair' "lightning, light" from 'esclairier' "to… https://t.co/w7ZYEC8z80
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9/19
2018
A list of words for how much time you wish you'd spent online today: https://t.co/xS9bhy91ua'Sfumato' is a painting term referring to the definition of form by blending one tone into another without an abrup… https://t.co/QlsvEBz8bu @FarahA30 It has our support.The latest on the 'biweekly'/'bimonthly' situation: No change. https://t.co/Iy404Dm4tDWhen pigs fly Have a cow From the horse's mouth A bunch of phrases inspired by the farm: https://t.co/RpMkUKEY32Poetic plurals: rains waters snows sands https://t.co/oA9qSeUpFl
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'lenitive' https://t.co/vJJ95FykU0 https://t.co/hHFdTRdER4'Spit takes' were originally called 'spit gags' in early showbiz vernacular. https://t.co/YF2kyK61zd https://t.co/DEOCveZJHZ
9/18
2018
On 'shaken' vs. 'shook': https://t.co/J1PCJr200q'Can of corn' - in baseball, a fly ball that's easy to catch - in extended use, something easily accomplished - in… https://t.co/LYXM5IxZSbNo, Lewis Carroll did not invent the modern "sarcasm" sense of 'snark.' And we're not just saying that to be mean. https://t.co/zUiZWbMaVZA few of history's lesser-known collective nouns: - a 'feast' of brewers - a 'poverty' of pipers - a 'tabernacle' o… https://t.co/3FyX806TaTIf you're not ready for this week's news cycle, here's a measured look at the words from the last one: https://t.co/r2liygswx9Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'chiliad' https://t.co/Qn7U7mpQ1M https://t.co/gHypN0Py52'Normal' came to English from the Latin 'normalis,' which means "made according to a carpenter's square, forming a… https://t.co/RDCxy3t653
9/17
2018
@VincentWright For some of us, it's always Halloween season 🎃🏈🏈 How some common football words got so football-y. 🏈🏈 🍕🍕🍕Snacks not included.🍕🍕🍕 https://t.co/GC61EE0lWWHi there. Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'resplendent' https://t.co/IrhVmVo54u https://t.co/4MWRf3FlrF
9/16
2018
OK! O.K.! Okay! https://t.co/v7Tf5Htygz @VincentWright Hmm. We’ll have to investigate that scoring system.We hope this quiz is your tempo. https://t.co/X0GHPvdKtrToday's #WordOfTheDay is 'melancholia' https://t.co/xswrRRqiyR https://t.co/MiAhNB0HhW
9/15
2018
Everybody loves a half-price app. https://t.co/25Az3jfLabOn copying, pasting, and the 'copypasta': https://t.co/sk4UIQZcWLAmong the words that drew attention this week, for better or worse: - ruination - behest - bokeh - evacuate https://t.co/r2liygswx9Rat Flip Blow the whistle & other words for spilling the beans: https://t.co/KBI1lcHm0q
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterNot that you're already counting down to the weekend or anything. https://t.co/ODx7KduqTBGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'advert' https://t.co/RSjVefo11z https://t.co/eaZYNpB0al
9/14
2018
'Patchwriting': when the plagiarism isn't word-for-word, but still isn't fooling anybody https://t.co/I1Ldl9xr3eApologies if you can't help but read this in a bad Cockney accent. https://t.co/NQcSgIK63k🎵🎶 Band geeks, unite. 🎵🎶 https://t.co/X0GHPvdKtr📈'Spartan' is a top lookup after Red Cross officials advised shelter-seekers to bring comfort items from home durin… https://t.co/epRVvHzMLj'Mumpsimus': a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong https://t.co/ZxeSqVQr02Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'taradiddle' https://t.co/JgfFJOryp6 https://t.co/xStIUJGC5lBefore they were called 'pet peeves,' particularly beloved annoyances went by names like 'pet dislike,' 'pet hatred… https://t.co/7NlSYEB2Cz
9/13
2018
📈 Searches for 'shambolic' have jumped 39,000% since @Eugene_Robinson's use of the word on MSNBC this afternoon. https://t.co/ATQfDOQQRCA look at what constitutes 'normal' (from a lexical standpoint, at least): https://t.co/KTVHWMPwxW'Utile dulci,' Latin for "the useful with the agreeable," comes from Horace's poem 'Ars Poetica.' https://t.co/b87H7OyZZDJust as it's fine to use 'feel bad' (rather than 'feel badly'), it's also fine to use 'feel good' (instead of 'feel… https://t.co/cNr0M4461jWhat's the difference between a 'knapsack' and a 'haversack'? Or a 'duffel bag' and a 'ditty bag'? A 'minaudière'… https://t.co/oOKizrupYa'Allwhither': in all directions 'Somewhither': to some place; somewhere 'Nowhither': to or toward no place https://t.co/LWSPTIn9K5Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'enigmatic' https://t.co/FThtWThLDZ https://t.co/yW3q1EXeiy'Embroidery' - in fabric, the art of forming decorative designs with needlework - in language, elaboration by use o… https://t.co/CwSKudB5Dt
9/12
2018
Just because you can read this doesn't mean they aren't after us. https://t.co/EzKe56E2wQMetaphor Plagiarize Pedagogy Some words that spike at the beginning of every school year: https://t.co/KstKVGkPZmOctopi vs. Octopuses vs. Octopodes: The Ultimate Battle Royale https://t.co/pSDtWOgXDJGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'deportment' https://t.co/v5Ue4rOIq2 https://t.co/TLTGn9BoWR
9/11
2018
'Respectively': 👥 in the order given 'Respectfully': 🤝 in a way that shows or expresses respect https://t.co/0nNc5PFLFdIn the 1800s, guides began insisting 'feel good' was improper and only 'feel well' was correct. James Brown, Mötl… https://t.co/O1QLCdr9gSStepping back and looking at the words that trended in the summer of 2018 with @ebherwick3 on @wgbhnews (@wgbh). https://t.co/BESmafMilK
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Flip' has been in use for over 400 years, but the "cooperate in a prosecution" sense only dates to the mid-20th ce… https://t.co/mxGbwN9Uz6The Subjunctive Mood: An Explainer https://t.co/ILktQA2uRB @danforthfrance If it happens again, could you screenshot and DM us so we can block them? These bad ads sometimes g… https://t.co/U3yHr92HetHere are some flowers to break up your timeline. https://t.co/RpYf9SZquHIf it's one of our quizzes, it counts as studying and not slacking. https://t.co/xLk1YMOktVGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fathom' https://t.co/53immrnVi1 https://t.co/A7sazBAjZT
9/10
2018
Punt Run interference Monday-morning quarterback On everyday terms we get from the gridiron: https://t.co/5P5jdx9oc3Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'wanderlust' https://t.co/K8Be1Hlj2a https://t.co/YvgWBiEh5y
9/9
2018

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