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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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Names becoming words, words becoming dictionary entries. https://t.co/Kk3NzLtvBXAn 'incorrigible' person or thing is incapable of being corrected or reformed. But what about the reverse? https://t.co/mp2qyfp0R2Early use of 'complacent' meant "pleasing" or "obliging," but its common meaning has since shifted to "self-satisfi… https://t.co/MYcgTMh9e5Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'panegyric' https://t.co/fAaEKlWK1D https://t.co/8etDB7LhFf
2/18
2018
'Stout,' naturally, was first defined as a name for "strong beer." https://t.co/7vw5f5tgtY @andymosley46 Boxing is a special case — 'clinch' is the term used there.If you 'clinch' (make final) a victory, you'll later get to 'clench' (hold tightly) a medal. https://t.co/E500qQ5ep0Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'biddable' https://t.co/dxRSXmhPfZ https://t.co/AEGxJaW0q1
2/17
2018
The term 'sea change' (a substantial transformation) originated in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest.' https://t.co/t2ZLUC3rxbHappy #ChineseNewYear, friend. https://t.co/G2n32twS4XWe're not doctors, but we know a lot of the words they say. https://t.co/CWVR5OfuwzWhy is 'indict' pronounced \in-DYTE\? https://t.co/j7WmHuu7hc
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster📈 'Unwitting' and 'hoax' are our top two searches today. https://t.co/nmYSvv4nWaEveryone knows a 'murder' of crows. But what about: A 'feast' of brewers? A 'wisdom' of wombats? An 'unkindness'… https://t.co/OWOQDBvLiuA 'botcher' is one that does bungling makeshift work. https://t.co/40ngVHWdRSOn the classic 'could'/'couldn't' debate: https://t.co/6MQ4dowi9zGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'yuppify' https://t.co/v2A3bC6tyu https://t.co/Cxm0qWBLmp
2/16
2018
#TBT that time we looked at the history of 'throwback' https://t.co/9Ij0kKH66aHow the dictionary approaches words for concepts like 'truth' and 'love': https://t.co/AqpLyOzZmQ'Implicit': folded in 'Explicit': unfolded 'Complicit': folded together https://t.co/4Lpqf9ZMJNAmong the other common words given new meaning by curling: house, sheet, rock, button https://t.co/WjcTyt0Dsj #WinterOlympics2018 @cococoyote @jmcunning @voxdotcom Exactly.Bet you can't figure out which word it comes from.'Explainer,' explained. https://t.co/XCQTc4t5p0 @py__ @elektrotal Yeah it's fine on its own.'Equivocate': to say something that can be interpreted multiple ways by different listeners https://t.co/KceY4xfTwkNow if only someone could teach this to autocorrect. https://t.co/SpHxc7SQFVOur earliest current record of 'the big enchilada' is from the Watergate tapes. https://t.co/7uVjXSKChcThe car drove smoothly. The dish ate salty. The landscape photographs well. That's right, we're talking about the… https://t.co/SmSod4jMX6Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'nebbish' https://t.co/YE7xE2pSAR https://t.co/Lw4k0lXVGi
2/15
2018
'Bonbon' is French for “good-good,” which makes sense. https://t.co/6VAew28AqtLemon, it's Wednesday. https://t.co/OPiVYjlrjSLetter from the dictionary: "There are no steps to be taken that would result in your fiancée's picture appearing a… https://t.co/rocvEHyivA
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Acute': 🎇 having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short course 'Chronic': 📈 marked by long duration, recurrence, an… https://t.co/kQTNnlSqpF🎵❤️ The quiz of love is (not) long and (not) boring https://t.co/UwYGNANiCt @AndrewHBook (Which, granted, is a bit of a UX fail.) Maybe it's a cool chance to teach her to work backwards for a definition, though? @AndrewHBook But it is! We have it listed as an example under the prefix def of 're-': https://t.co/fRq8cDxYIzWe thank you for your letter, but your question about how long love lasts is not something we can answer.💔 … https://t.co/nbKrg1qFub
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'frolic' https://t.co/qtocT9ye2i https://t.co/YvcEPrUS6z
2/14
2018
He certainly used them, though. That part's not in doubt. https://t.co/3PzriCuU8bKingpin Top banana Big enchilada Words for ballers, shot callers: https://t.co/UqhQAQ4Z3H'Callosity': a lack of feeling or capacity for emotion https://t.co/JW0HyEsL7x @lindsaycohen @TedLandK5 If either of you are interested, our product team would love to talk more about how we cou… https://t.co/KcWzvEU0cA @lindsaycohen @TedLandK5 Thx 4 tagging. @sesquiotic @IvaCheung The W's public domain, so make sure you see the M. @HiCandiB The honor is all ours. @HiCandiB Candace, this is great!'Loath': ❌ reluctant or unwilling to do something 'Loathe': 👎 to dislike someone or something very much https://t.co/9a7Oevd418Go grab a coffee, take a walk, then read this when you're feeling up to it. https://t.co/OPiVYjlrjS @AtomicActual Thanks for keeping us honest, though! @AtomicActual *whispers* It's a play on the word's origin.'Parade' first referred to public processions in the 1600s, but the earliest ones tended to be sober and non-celebr… https://t.co/I08zU9uiB4'One and the same' is an intentionally redundant phrase along the lines of 'each and every' and 'any and all.' https://t.co/GvSXuFBhdy @leahmcelrath You have our full support.Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'nuts' https://t.co/pER2YJmSJx https://t.co/CVkAoUi5yl
2/13
2018
When someone is 'grizzled,' they simply have gray or graying hair. https://t.co/3NFhuzFCyj @stefanfatsis Best citation yet.'Adust' is the #WordOfTheDay https://t.co/D73f2T6zRq https://t.co/bKyAxxwRQp📈Lookups for 'Anglo-American' have spiked after the Attorney General's remarks to the National Sheriffs' Associatio… https://t.co/VjKAad1fz5 @rachelcw @ParadeMagazine Thank you, Rachel!!❤️🧐📖 https://t.co/UwYGNANiCtWe know *you* understand them, but this is here in case you need to send it to anyone else. https://t.co/SpHxc7SQFVA closer look at a popular, complicated word. https://t.co/mqMNhGXx26📈'Sartorial' is our top search for the first time since the tan suit. https://t.co/PgV11IWs98 @_ESPRMedia Well?1. Pick a year. 2. Marvel at all the surprising words first recorded in it. 3. Repeat until Monday morning is over. https://t.co/eX0PXxhe15'Prolepsis' is the representation of a future act or development as if presently accomplished. https://t.co/TW2Qn7oOp7 @SheckyX Unfortunately it's been quicker to come back for some users than others, but it *should* be mostly cleared… https://t.co/PQlAFZXYMsGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'adust' https://t.co/QVFuqRavhR https://t.co/kjuNeUr1Jp
2/12
2018
'Metanalysis': when a misheard word becomes canon https://t.co/H7kYgIDnJf @SheckyX Will do! @meperl Sorry - it’s not just you. Our servers have had some issues that are 🤞 close to being resolved. @SheckyX Very sorry - we’re dealing with some server issues that our team is still working to fix.Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'recuse' https://t.co/o8I63EibyI https://t.co/t5UVT1qLM6
2/11
2018
@KLennarz We seem to be having some issues, but our best and brightest are working hard to fix. @InterpreterDad For some folk the urge sure is strong to complain when the scansion’s too long and this predilectio… https://t.co/oZXURJWC3d @CarynLonz Apologies - our team is looking into it.Because everything's more fun when it rhymes. https://t.co/0r6Lb7cbUL @FoolingNoOne Thanks for the heads-up. We're looking into the issue.
2/10
2018

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