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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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Narwhal Malarkey Gender-fluid Apostrophe It was a busy week for words. https://t.co/zb4mX3CrBjChanging words. Challenging quiz. https://t.co/xUR8iKYlGsHi there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'gingerly' https://t.co/fxoTj3EylH https://t.co/6w6MGSEKTU
12/6
2019
We assure you these words are real. https://t.co/uzwQO1KkhwNow what you're seeing here is a classic American English/British English spelling situation. https://t.co/jHnpiAVQxqOops. Ouch. Uh oh. Boy oh boy. Ohhh no. https://t.co/SeDj0TqodL'Omphaloskepsis' - contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation - lack of will to move, exert, or change https://t.co/LExHPdOXwh📈From the archive: https://t.co/jqrHao0R9i📈Yeah our top search this morning is about what you'd expect. https://t.co/HztPoLSjXi'Dehors': out of; foreign to 'Malgré': despite 'Forby': past; near; besides https://t.co/nveVRaMiKCHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'acquiesce' https://t.co/4MPeVcX6SE https://t.co/9zadxSzFQu
12/5
2019
Where did all the time go? https://t.co/Y8m1ikZKzbWe love that you can add your own word lists on the @MerriamWebster Puku app for kids ages 8 - 12 https://t.co/vFXnS9a2jL
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Periphrasis': use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression https://t.co/67Xn4RvN9TOn (sometimes) pluralizing noncount nouns: https://t.co/HJ4Lb2IxrY📈Top lookups, in order: irregardless, bribe, malarkey, paucity, slipshodThe English 'cookie' comes from the Dutch 'koekje,' the diminutive of 'koek,' meaning “cake.” #NationalCookieDayhttps://t.co/3XAfHHAcxHClick here to automatically advance to the next round... of knowledge! https://t.co/6BO6RsByvrGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'coup de grâce' https://t.co/irBnHCuScn https://t.co/Vm3VeWtlvC
12/4
2019
Language changes gradually over centuries, but you'll only have a few seconds to answer each of these questions. https://t.co/xUR8iKYlGs'Munificent' means “lavish” or “generous” and frequently refers to charitable gifts. 'Beneficent' means “doing or… https://t.co/Z8bev48Rs6Once more for anyone in need of a refresher: i.e. - "that is" e.g. - "for example" https://t.co/1J5buWGm9mInfringe? Encroach? Impinge? A look at how these words constantly step on each other's toes: https://t.co/yWjYAt0t4oSure, we do a fine job of describing things. But sometimes you really can't beat a good illustration. https://t.co/m9GwvQDChSThe original meaning of 'prestigious' was “of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery.” https://t.co/viwRevJyzZHi there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'ersatz' https://t.co/10UcGQBWM9 https://t.co/jqrCDmighh
12/3
2019
'Phase': 🌒 to introduce in stages 'Faze': 😬 to daunt or disconcert https://t.co/FK9HEkNejkSo, you want to join two or more words in way that expresses a specific concept. https://t.co/3nxN5TlD5DA good wintry word: 'Subnivean' - situated or occurring under the snow https://t.co/zvb7zypy76Whether your pronunciation leans toward 'a historical' or 'an historical,' just remember that 'ahistorical' means s… https://t.co/OXYWeZG6XKGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'bon vivant' https://t.co/4KvUzf2YPa https://t.co/8T6KeQ3Pn0
12/2
2019
❄️🌨☃️🌫❄️🌨☃️🌫❄️🌨☃️🌫❄️🌨☃️🌫❄️🌨☃️🌫 https://t.co/xWWpqOmXjLGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'pointillistic' https://t.co/Iw6NE2K3Tx https://t.co/38ANFt22ns
12/1
2019
'Caliginous' - misty, dark 'Opacous' - opaque; lacking illumination 'Tenebrous' - shut off from the light https://t.co/DI7NBrhAvDThe #WordOfTheDay is 'incognito' https://t.co/iorvsYUjJK https://t.co/Z7aaAQvy4C“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see… https://t.co/QuA81Xh2HSHey there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'incognito' https://t.co/aBbAU9coGV https://t.co/kKRO9oQTlb
11/30
2019
🍂🍗🌽 The Words of the Week 🌽🍗🍂 https://t.co/W4EsSzybOS'Stationary': 🗿 not moving or unchanging 'Stationery': 📝 materials for writing letters https://t.co/q5wGYiU07qHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'mutt' https://t.co/DIwHzlbToC https://t.co/4EIdWOb1Hr
11/29
2019
📈Top lookups as a nation plays Scrabble: qi, Que, ax, xi, oz, za, jo, quo, da, ta, ab, ex, re, lo, QA, hi, Ro, gi,… https://t.co/rvYcAqcFoUThe "gourd" sense of 'squash' derives from the Narragansett word 'askutasquash.' https://t.co/Qd0uGirFsVOn the long and circuitous journey of the Meleagris gallopavo: https://t.co/KQnwVbtwSIHappy Thanksgiving! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'comestible' https://t.co/p6llCw3r5O https://t.co/UEGw0fDMcrThe second-oldest sense of 'ale' is "a festival or feast" (at which, as you might guess, people would indulge in th… https://t.co/6aBXThQnfN
11/28
2019
This is the long weekend in which you figure out the semicolon for good. https://t.co/pvHB9cUtQ1For your bus/train/passenger seat experience. https://t.co/E7L9GCmmmT @DLCinAK If only we had enough characters.'Butter': a Food well known 'Dog': a domestic animal 'Cat': a domestic animal Sometimes it just gets away from y… https://t.co/SMUJLjAblAHow do you pronounce 'groceries'? 🍏🍒🌽🍤🌶️🧀 https://t.co/cBe3iNsNOj
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterToday we use 'jaunt' to mean a short trip taken for pleasure, but in early use the word (sometimes rendered as 'jau… https://t.co/EZXa6m0dYjHi there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fawn' https://t.co/pBf0PoofNo https://t.co/ph5GOCYObeWhat hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here... https://t.co/lIBUf3SFRY
11/27
2019
Cheeseparing Cheesed off Cheese it! Nothing but the most complex and esoteric content this holiday week. https://t.co/m6Lse1z10qThe seven habits of highly effective etymology. https://t.co/LyQVMonQ23
Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Childlike': 👧 marked by innocence and trust 'Childish': 😤 marked by immaturity and lack of poise https://t.co/7ub1t8DIF7The Old North French word for 'cherry' is 'cherise.' English speakers heard the 'se' at the end of the word and ass… https://t.co/a69ttUAvzP @loopydate @Dionysusras @aaronhoyland No, actually those are examples of colons. You all get Fs.'Companion' is rooted in the Latin word for bread. Originally, it was used to describe someone with whom you shared… https://t.co/7im87fyOKiOkay everyone Welcome to grammar class Today we're learning about semicolons https://t.co/pvHB9cUtQ1Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'retinue' https://t.co/Vle2ctzY2A https://t.co/034a6pcM5FAnd now for today's Spotlight on Science: 'Zymurgy' - a branch of applied chemistry that deals with fermentation p… https://t.co/lMRF50GckA
11/26
2019
Thrapple Supercilium Popliteal space Or, it's called a WHAT? https://t.co/zZuApRxpt2'Pennyweighter': a thief that steals jewelry by substituting a fake for a valuable piece https://t.co/uZxfGf4tm9 https://t.co/VQDv40AO1v'Depraved': 😈 having or showing an evil and immoral character 'Deprived': 😴 not having the things needed for a goo… https://t.co/bRbcZBZ7WXJackasseries https://t.co/JXVUVqQRU1 https://t.co/Q3wprdn9DMIt's a short week, so here's a quiz with pictures. https://t.co/KPUlNhsYqeGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'sempiternal' https://t.co/3XumFvQatE https://t.co/uvkU6QVXdW
11/25
2019
The #WordOfTheDay is 'billingsgate' https://t.co/3Cf4cqKhii https://t.co/g5EfYA6LP7'Egregious' literally meant "out of the herd" in Latin. Its first English meaning was "outstanding," which over tim… https://t.co/kvCocLNuWxGood %*$!# morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'billingsgate' https://t.co/sQ5ZlawquR https://t.co/En1GUuqzUV
11/24
2019
nefarious endemic rabbit hole The words of the week: https://t.co/JYyLsHEtxxICYMI: This week our Instagram featured several now-common terms with deep ties to and roots in the drag community.… https://t.co/dxtQMHfwvgMmm, verbs. Delicious, delicious verbs. https://t.co/vPnYiwLSTY @MsMcGill1 You're going to have an amazing day! Congrats!Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'jilt' https://t.co/xEoVNTFRga https://t.co/A9hcR9NXtS
11/23
2019
It's about that time... https://t.co/25Az3jfLabIn cooking, to make something from scratch means to use only the most basic ingredients, with nothing premade. Wher… https://t.co/hdj3bippPmNefarious, kneecapping, and other words that defined the week: https://t.co/JYyLsHEtxxHi, parents! We've added a free #Frozen2-themed word list to our new Puku app, for some vocab-building to go along… https://t.co/5WaQkb8vcKparents siblings children cousins niblings Sounds good to us. https://t.co/8tG6XGKmfrHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'heterodox' https://t.co/JIai9dBIHx https://t.co/ua3BseSfPV
11/22
2019
The term 'laundry list,' you'll be shocked to find out, comes from actual lists of items dropped off at early laund… https://t.co/Koy0raYEuSHow Do You Pronounce 'Vase'? And is one way more correct than the others? https://t.co/YI1eA92jCH
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterTrust us, all of our usage advice is aboveboard. https://t.co/y6WVmvaMaUMalheur Hard cheese Zugzwang Words for the times that don't go how you want them to: https://t.co/2jH64x6IERYou are having a good time reading our content. You are having a good time reading our content. You are having a go… https://t.co/bCR7ZoTEedGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fortitude' https://t.co/4afo5G7H4z https://t.co/BdJMEhMWtcPictured: a lectern. Also: a podium. https://t.co/MrsjNQo0bz
11/21
2019
'Expedite' is the #WordOfTheDay https://t.co/FCVq0aYxYo https://t.co/zVUACwHfCz @the_punctuator Thank you for bringing this to our attention! You're 100% correct that this is not in keeping with… https://t.co/d6ZCXrFXGXToday in "There's Always A Word For That": 'Whiffle' - to flourish a sword in sword dancing so as to produce a whi… https://t.co/Vt77oxDeDV📈'Braggadocio': "empty boasting" or "arrogant pretension" https://t.co/cdKsf4HRaT📈Top searches today: quid pro quo, nexus, braggadocio, bribe, insidiousIf you've made a bad decision, you might describe yourself as 'regretful.' If you're referring to the poor choice i… https://t.co/FwhTEF0lAKSome of you are already going to know the difference between rutabaga and kohlrabi. Many more are just going to pre… https://t.co/tKPXEWHMuiHi! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'expedite' https://t.co/McdbiDTmfA https://t.co/eAFFo0XoDP
11/20
2019
The idiom 'wild-goose chase' comes from an obsolete game played on horseback, not from the actual chasing of geese. https://t.co/omnd5omhKS'Camelopard' — giraffe 'Reynard' — fox 'River horse' - hippopotamus https://t.co/CM2hAqi1Vu'Mustache' is now the preferred spelling in American English, but 'moustache' was the #1 in our Unabridged as recen… https://t.co/SZUpaXjJgM
11/19
2019

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