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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):… https://t.co/kJ0cJ3fexO @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.' https://t.co/8lGsjRF9c4A 'contronym' (or 'Janus word') is a word that can be its own opposite, such as 'sanction' or 'oversight.'… https://t.co/rRKuwU4kv7 @JasonCerezo No, thank *you* Jason.Sure, you know everything about Star Wars. But do you know everything about the words it uses? https://t.co/XLAHuWwfHcGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'diaphanous' https://t.co/juuHiO6O3G https://t.co/wZOmmKY0eF
12/13
2017
Our 2017 #WordOfTheYear is 'feminism.' https://t.co/DIZC3WzYCg https://t.co/pCHmNrMFLxLookups 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… https://t.co/xy63zWLtXr
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterAlso among our top 10 #WordOfTheYear picks are the solar eclipse's 'syzygy' and the Oscars' 'gaffe.'… https://t.co/pc2Tc8LkIpThe history behind some commonly used words of political scandal: https://t.co/ke8WWbJ6nEWe saw spikes for 'feminism' throughout the year, as 2017 gave people a host of reasons to look it up.… https://t.co/xCdSKDzPBn"Too Marvelous for Words" -- the Sinatra song with a lyric that includes "Webster's Dictionary" on @franksinatra's… https://t.co/yB17JQUg6Q
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterFor everyone who asked: yes, 'dotard' made the list. Check out the rest of our #WordOfTheYear selections: https://t.co/etQUFTuvnSRead now or forever hold your peace. https://t.co/jYl17CPeLtEditor-at-Large @PeterSokolowski explains how 'feminism' became our #WordOfTheYear: https://t.co/Y86GIf4jHG'Feminism' was looked up 70% more in 2017 than in 2016. And it was looked up a ton in 2016. For more on our… https://t.co/v83wrqNv37Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'sustain' https://t.co/kSfMT2gRKY https://t.co/VzY5SVDS1d2017 saw both a sustained rise in 'feminism' lookups and a number of event-driven spikes. 'Feminism' is our… https://t.co/xy63zWLtXr
12/12
2017
@jenniferrock Got your back. https://t.co/Vzcajd0cB2'Orphic' is the #WordOfTheDay https://t.co/9tnLcoxgus https://t.co/1hk1GT0nwyWe encourage you to loiter on this article about the phrase "positively no." https://t.co/chCSYZZCRhOr, reck yourself before you wreck yourself. https://t.co/9L5EMFt9wtThe 'reck' in 'reckless' is a verb meaning "to worry or care for." https://t.co/mNqv4XPeEr'taint' is from Middle French 'teindre' "to color, dye," from Latin 'tengere' "to dip, moisten, tinge" #etymology https://t.co/SgGq0w6XmB
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster @skeskali We'd recommend the first one.Family is complicated. But the language that can describe family? Also quite complex. https://t.co/j8qhHCxMCE @NoahWebHouse Our version is all sooped up.Although it's used significantly less often, 'wholistic' is an accepted variation of 'holistic.'… https://t.co/RZSfn7K5nRIn theory, a 'third rail' will ruin a politician's campaign. In reality, it will literally electrocute someone. https://t.co/KiI5FqxlzQGood morning! "Ultimate" and "penultimate" aren't the same. Here's @MerriamWebster's (almost) final word on the dif… https://t.co/RDv95dOSBO
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'orphic' https://t.co/rl5jVD47iK https://t.co/qhNW4jUkQu
12/11
2017
We begged you not to tell us, but you did anyway. Your 'pickle' possibilities made us laugh, and made us cry, and,… https://t.co/hRTzqj2VbE📈'Pickle' is, no joke, trending. Internet, we are warning you, we do not want to know why. https://t.co/YaNiyyioLW'Dilly' is thought to be a shortening and alteration of 'delightful.' https://t.co/zaKImydLsIGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'cachinnate' https://t.co/a6BVho1wC9 https://t.co/QmdpS9l38S
12/10
2017
‘Zoomorphic’ is the #WordOfTheDay https://t.co/7sOe7Deyxi https://t.co/BTmDMnQLE1 @Humanitarian66 @john_overholt If you stare long into the abyss, the abyss meows back.Just eight more shopping days until Saturnalia! Are you ready? https://t.co/359GB0clEIIf this collection of hundred-year-old cat memes doesn't take Twitter by storm, then I just don't know who you are… https://t.co/0GWUVIrtpw
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'zoomorphic' https://t.co/m5HoJEpZro https://t.co/f2gMOudv8m @PattiArnold12 Verily we beg reprieve.If you pronounce it 'heighth,' you once would've been in good company. About 200 years ago. https://t.co/aro10lye3B
12/9
2017
Stephen's right. https://t.co/t71XQniFgK https://t.co/SeNYvjHvMsOn the history and meaning(s) of 'presidential': https://t.co/uR62m9UqZW'Sin' is one of the rare words to enter the language over 1000 years ago (Old English 'syn'), but largely retain it… https://t.co/88zyOtortQBig announcement. This Tuesday. The Internet. Be there. https://t.co/YOtLcy9ohQ'Wend' is the #WordOfTheDay https://t.co/5Xic1uaUjv https://t.co/vdo9q9uBRpThis edition (the great revision of 1864 of Webster's Unabridged) was the first English dictionary to include engra… https://t.co/Ksd40tbYiR
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster📈 ‘Surrogacy’ is our top lookup after the resignation of Trent Franks. https://t.co/Vxhn9WbGhWGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'wend' https://t.co/w04wsXYACl https://t.co/DbkcOGlwqZ
12/8
2017
@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.… https://t.co/FmWDhGgQkUFor your party-planning needs this season. https://t.co/npnIyRz6zf @cococoyote @beaurue 13/10.Tenebrous Umbra Crepuscule Words for the goth in all of us. https://t.co/0LGhUoNYvV @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… https://t.co/ElMQb4w3nZ @kabirakhtar @alinebmckenna Uh, it's mutual.Our word 'skosh' comes from the Japanese 'sukoshi,' which translates as "a tiny bit" or "a small amount." https://t.co/tkhnrqRWvM'Infamy' is a top lookup today @MerriamWebster. It's looked up every year on December 7. https://t.co/ClQKxsJmHf
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. https://t.co/mNqv4XPeErTrouble with 'that' vs. 'which'? Here's how to tell the difference. https://t.co/K76W86pEtmThe "one who searches out and publicly exposes misconduct" meaning of 'muckraker' was solidified after a 1906 Teddy… https://t.co/ys5vSP13qoGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'maieutic' https://t.co/YBxhAN6zZ9 https://t.co/gf3Myf9zvb @Zyphree_ Huge if true.
12/7
2017
Hint: it's not the second one. https://t.co/HvknnsO2GSIf 'for all intensive purposes' makes your eye twitch, read on. https://t.co/wN9M6Amewi @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. https://t.co/KcCdRPKHzW @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) https://t.co/mgK9xq3QoP @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.
12/6
2017

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