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'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 10.03.2014 | 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...

Jason Linkins

Lots Of Confused People Were Led To Look Up The Word 'Socialism' In The Dictionary Because Of The Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

According to the news, two of the most looked-up words in the dictionary (or, at least the Merriam-Webster dictionary, anyway) in 2012 were "capitalis...

Have Obama and Romney Lost Their Muchness?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We are now in the midst of the general election. And now it's time for both President Obama and Governor Romney to reveal their true muchness -- to tell us voters who they really are, what they really stand for, and what we can truly expect of them.

The 13 Weirdest Words That Just Weaseled Into The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.11.2012 | Technology

The director of the Collins Free Online Dictionary, Alex Brown, says he likes to keep his "ear close to the ground." That might be why the Collins...

Major 'Lollage:' 13 Surprising Words Now In The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 09.11.2012 | Technology

You can now officially look up the words "liveblog," "FaceTime" and "cyberbully" in the Collins Dictionary. How ridiculously "amazeballs" (another new...

'Totes'? 'Photobombing'? 'Inboxing'? Ridic New Words In Online Dictionary

Mashable | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology

This Internet-based sibling to the storied Oxford English Dictionary released its latest batch of new words Thursday, and it's a doozy. In addition to...

New Words Added To Dictionary

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 08.14.2012 | Books

NEW YORK -- It's about freakin' time. The term "F-bomb" surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but will land Tuesday for the first time in the...

Do Newscasters Not Get It? Is it "next" or "first"?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.09.2012 | Media
William B. Bradshaw

Just before a radio or TV commercial break, newscasters frequently will refer to a story of considerable interest saying it will be "next" after the commercial break. But after several commercials, three or four other stories will be reported before the reporter zeros-in on the story.

Is Your Computer Out of 'Whack'?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

After spending nearly half an hour using my computer to learn more about whack, I contacted several professional acquaintances, asking them where I should go to the find the definition of "whack." Every one of them said: "Look it up on the Internet."

26 Wonderful Words You've Never Heard Before

Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts

We've all heard "A is for 'apple' and B is for 'boy,'" but have you ever heard "A is for 'Acersecomic' and B is for 'Biblioclasm'"? We didn't think so...

Google Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.30.2012 | Technology

The Google dictionary is no mere picture book, even though it's composed entirely of photos from Google image search. The 1,240-page printed volume...

11 Hilarious Regional American Words You Need To Know

Mark Peters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Mark Peters

Here are a few more terms I find useful, amusing, or just flat-out wonderful. They are as American as apple pie and Richard Nixon, but better for your health. Use them in your tweets, toasts, and testimony as needed.

The Man From DARE

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.22.2012 | Books
Doug Bradley

Fred Cassidy didn't talk too much about DARE in those days. I think he was still a little disappointed that he didn't finish Volume One in time for the nation's bicentennial.

Is This Really The Word Of The Year?

AP | By STEPHANIE REITZ | Posted 02.13.2012 | Books

-- When the time came for Merriam-Webster to pick its top word of 2011, its editors decided they needed to be pragmatic. So they chose ... pragmatic...