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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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On copying, pasting, and the 'copypasta': @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… the sketches not airing on SNL in over a decade, 'Debbie Downer' has lived on in the language.'Gobemouche' ("one who believes everything he or she hears") comes from French, where it more or less translates to… case you needed a word for it, 'axinomancy' describes a type of divination involving the movements of an ax plac…🎉 #SCRABBLE fans: check out some of our favorite new words added to the dictionary! 🎉 morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'glade''Opprobrium': public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious
Among the words that drew attention this week: allegation, likely, eleventh hour, horseplay, cereal morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'biannual'
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'Patchwriting' refers to the act of copying another's work but making small changes and substitutions that attempt… you remember (the words that trended the week of) the 21st night of September? @Paulmd199 Fixed - thanks!Spanghew Gyascutus Hapax legomenon Hey here's a list of rare, strange, and very specific words: the plus side, it's pretty much the weekend and fall is about to start. lot of people can't stand the use of 'try and' instead of 'try to.' But, of course, that doesn't make it wrong. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'panoply'
This tweet asks that you consider the subjunctive for a bit (and it does so in the subjunctive).
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Than': used when talking about comparisons 'Then': used when talking about something relating to time @AniqueCreations Thank you.How 'decadent' hides its etymology and early meaning in plain sight: @VerityPlayer @PeterSokolowski how exactly do you pronounce 'vase,' anyway? @PeterSokolowski explains: Soccer Booby trap A look at words that got their start in school: morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'milieu'
NAME. THAT. THING! pilfering, purloining, and plagiarism: that everyone's back to school, we put everything you might need to ace English class all in one spot. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'atone' modern 'snark' is a back-formation from the earlier 'snarky,' which began being used around the turn of the 20t…'éclair' is from French, literally, "lightning" from Old French 'esclair' "lightning, light" from 'esclairier' "to…
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A list of words for how much time you wish you'd spent online today:'Sfumato' is a painting term referring to the definition of form by blending one tone into another without an abrup… @FarahA30 It has our support.The latest on the 'biweekly'/'bimonthly' situation: No change. pigs fly Have a cow From the horse's mouth A bunch of phrases inspired by the farm: plurals: rains waters snows sands
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'lenitive''Spit takes' were originally called 'spit gags' in early showbiz vernacular.
On 'shaken' vs. 'shook':'Can of corn' - in baseball, a fly ball that's easy to catch - in extended use, something easily accomplished - in…, Lewis Carroll did not invent the modern "sarcasm" sense of 'snark.' And we're not just saying that to be mean. few of history's lesser-known collective nouns: - a 'feast' of brewers - a 'poverty' of pipers - a 'tabernacle' o… you're not ready for this week's news cycle, here's a measured look at the words from the last one: morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'chiliad''Normal' came to English from the Latin 'normalis,' which means "made according to a carpenter's square, forming a…
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OK! O.K.! Okay! @VincentWright Hmm. We’ll have to investigate that scoring system.We hope this quiz is your tempo.'s #WordOfTheDay is 'melancholia'
Everybody loves a half-price app. copying, pasting, and the 'copypasta': the words that drew attention this week, for better or worse: - ruination - behest - bokeh - evacuate Flip Blow the whistle & other words for spilling the beans:
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterNot that you're already counting down to the weekend or anything. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'advert'
'Patchwriting': when the plagiarism isn't word-for-word, but still isn't fooling anybody if you can't help but read this in a bad Cockney accent.🎵🎶 Band geeks, unite. 🎵🎶📈'Spartan' is a top lookup after Red Cross officials advised shelter-seekers to bring comfort items from home durin…'Mumpsimus': a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'taradiddle' they were called 'pet peeves,' particularly beloved annoyances went by names like 'pet dislike,' 'pet hatred…
📈 Searches for 'shambolic' have jumped 39,000% since @Eugene_Robinson's use of the word on MSNBC this afternoon. look at what constitutes 'normal' (from a lexical standpoint, at least):'Utile dulci,' Latin for "the useful with the agreeable," comes from Horace's poem 'Ars Poetica.' as it's fine to use 'feel bad' (rather than 'feel badly'), it's also fine to use 'feel good' (instead of 'feel…'s the difference between a 'knapsack' and a 'haversack'? Or a 'duffel bag' and a 'ditty bag'? A 'minaudière'…'Allwhither': in all directions 'Somewhither': to some place; somewhere 'Nowhither': to or toward no place morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'enigmatic''Embroidery' - in fabric, the art of forming decorative designs with needlework - in language, elaboration by use o…
Just because you can read this doesn't mean they aren't after us. Plagiarize Pedagogy Some words that spike at the beginning of every school year: vs. Octopuses vs. Octopodes: The Ultimate Battle Royale morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'deportment'
'Respectively': 👥 in the order given 'Respectfully': 🤝 in a way that shows or expresses respect the 1800s, guides began insisting 'feel good' was improper and only 'feel well' was correct. James Brown, Mötl… back and looking at the words that trended in the summer of 2018 with @ebherwick3 on @wgbhnews (@wgbh).
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… Subjunctive Mood: An Explainer @danforthfrance If it happens again, could you screenshot and DM us so we can block them? These bad ads sometimes g… are some flowers to break up your timeline. it's one of our quizzes, it counts as studying and not slacking. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fathom'
Punt Run interference Monday-morning quarterback On everyday terms we get from the gridiron: morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'wanderlust'