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Squee! A Dictionary Editor Defended The Use Of Internet Slang

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.14.2016 | Arts

Squee! Squee! The Oxford English Dictionary announced its quarterly update this week, and among its bevy of noteworthy new words is one that gained it...

It’s 2016, And Even The Dictionary Is Full Of Sexist Disses

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts

Define “shrill.” It’s a noun or verb or adjective, depending on the context, meaning, “having a very loud, high-pitched sound.” Great. Now, ...

After Outpouring Of Islamophobia, Oxford Dictionaries Suspends Most-Hated Word Survey

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.25.2016 | Arts

UPDATE: Oxford Dictionaries suspended its #OneWordMap most-hated words project today. An update to the blog post describing the feature stated: “We ...

Intimacy, a Hierarchy (With Thanks to Abraham Maslow)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We're complex beings, and there is always more to learn. Caring is more important than "knowing." Are we interested, receptive, curious? The element of surprise can fuel a sense of newness and add excitement when we're open to it.

The Dictionary Just Trolled Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics

Even the dictionary is ganging up on Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Following his poor performance in Thursday's GOP debate, the business mogul sen...

The Beginner's Guide to Understanding FlyerTalk

Map Happy | Posted 02.15.2016 | Travel
Map Happy

It's almost like it's another language... Because it is. This post originally appeared on Map Happy. The FlyerTalk forums are legendary in frequent ...

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 12.16.2015 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

@HaggardHawks' second birthday has already been celebrated online with a fiendishly difficult quiz, but to mark the occasion all the more, here are 50 of its finest language facts and words worth remembering.

This Twitter Account Will Teach You Words You Didn't Know You Needed

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts

You know when you open a bag of Doritos and so much of it is air? What a chiptease. How about when you keep typing "teh" instead of "the" no matter wh...

Recalling Coffman's Proposal for English-Only Ballots, as the Voting Rights Act Turns 50

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Over the weekend, I enjoyed reading Jim Rutenberg's piece in the New York Times magazine on how conservatives have methodically dismantled the Voting...

13 Pretty "Shimmer-Words" to Make You Sound Cooler

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.24.2016 | Education
Lulu Salavegsen

The only thing that creates a similar eruption of discovery-joy and elation to my finding a book that finds me and the excitement and anticipation to read it is...

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Send a Kid to a Dictionary to Look Up the Spelling of a Word

Matthew Dicks | Posted 06.13.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

As an elementary school teacher for 17 years, I have been asked for the spelling of a word hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Every time I have been asked -- without exception -- I have given my student the spelling of the word. Happily.

We've Come A Long Way Since The First Dictionary

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books

In 1828, Noah Webster published "An American Dictionary to the English Language," the first unabridged dictionary of American English. The two-volume ...

The Republican Dictionary

Gerry Myers | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

This dictionary contains mostly nouns and a few adjectives, but no verbs as the Republican Party takes no action.

'Adorkable' Is Now In The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.22.2014 | Books

“Photobomb,” “selfie,” “twerking” and “meme” are the latest additions to the print edition of the "Collins English Dictionary." Acc...

MAD Magazine's 'Phrases That Left the English Language in 2014'

Bryan Young | Posted 12.03.2014 | Comedy
Bryan Young

As ever, the usual gang of idiots at MAD Magazine have set their sights on phrases that English has left behind this year. Perhaps the only saving gra...

33 Abbreviations You Might Not Know (But Probably Should)

The Huffington Post | Hadley Walsh | Posted 07.28.2014 | Teen

BYOB, OMG, and FYI are just soooo yesterday. New abbreviations pop up on social media every second, so it's normal to feel lost and confused about the...

Surprising Stories Behind The Words Every Festivalgoer Should Know

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment

What are the 21 words every festivalgoer should be familiar with? There's "underbutt," "lazaretto" and even "Bumbershoot," for starts. (We'll tell you...

Brushing Up on Grammar: Misunderstood Words and Troublesome Prefixes

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.10.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

A good friend of mine asked me the other day if it was correct to say, "taken back" as an expression of surprise. The answer is "no"; the correct phase is "taken aback." That may sound funny to some people, but it is correct.

The Five Things You Say That Make You Sound Stupid

Floyd Elliot | Posted 03.07.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

Aw, c'mon, admit it: you say some crap. Because everybody says some crap. I want to help you stop; I'm not trying to mock you but to support you.

13 Made-Up Words All Parents Will Understand

Melissa Sher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melissa Sher

UP-SET [Fr. upset + up or awake]: Feeling of profound disappointment that a parent has when a baby wakes up much earlier than usual from his nap.

A N*gg*r Is a Black Person, Says Webster

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Tanya Young Williams

No matter how Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries define the N-word -- I have never and will never be a n*gg*r -- although I am very proud to be a black person.

Bizarre New Addition To Dictionary

Posted 02.27.2013 | Books

We'd expect to find "friend zone" in the Urban Dictionary, but in the official online dictionary made by a reference of all things lexicographical the...

For All the Lovers in the House -- This Is for You

Sonya Denyse | Posted 04.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Sonya Denyse

I don't get to see my Aunt Anne enough, but I take quality over quantity. On my last visit, she dropped a pearl of wisdom that resonates as I write this.

'Affect' or 'Effect'

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.19.2013 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

For most people, it is difficult to know when and how to use "affect" and "effect." Their meanings and uses have stabilized in recent years, so let's sort this all out. It's really not all that difficult.

A Chattering Class for Foreign Travel

Guy Cimbalo | Posted 03.11.2013 | Small Business
Guy Cimbalo

Atlanta's TripLingo has just the phrase As the Warby Parker Class Trip's big yellow bus travels this great nation, the language might be English, but...