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Where Does The Term 'Fake News' Come From? The 1890s, Apparently

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.24.2017 | Arts

“Fake news” is so ubiquitous now, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, we barely ever used the term. According to Google Trends, it ...

FYI, Honey Is Basically Bee Vomit

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 03.14.2017 | Taste

Bees make honey. For many of us, that’s the extent of our honey knowledge. The thing is, there’s something you should know: honey is made from reg...

It's Not Enough To 'Tolerate' Transgender Rights

Harry Lewis | Posted 03.13.2017 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

Ever since the Supreme Court remanded Gavin Grimm’s case back to the lower courts, citing the Trump administration’s decision not to enforce Title...

Huh, ‘Recuse’ Is Merriam-Webster's Top Searched Word Right Now

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.03.2017 | Arts

Thursday morning, Congressional Republicans said they think Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from investigations into Russia’s r...

Merriam-Webster Trolls Kellyanne Conway With Definition Of 'Feminism'

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.24.2017 | Women

The Merriam-Webster Twitter account has claimed its newest victim: Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway. On Thursday at the Conservat...

Merriam-Webster Welcomes 'Microbiome' To The English Language

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living

Gut bacteria have been enjoying a moment in the spotlight, with an explosion of new research pointing to the microbiome as a key player in a host of p...

Merriam-Webster Throws 'Shade' Into The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 02.07.2017 | Black Voices

Merriam-Webster just dropped a bombshell, y’all. “Shade” is one of the the latest words to be added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, according...

'Safe Space' Among 1,000 New Words Added To Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.13.2017 | Arts

During last year’s presidential debates, and through this year’s inauguration, Merriam-Webster has been an active presence on Twitter, sharing wor...

Merriam-Webster Schools The White House Over Terror List Typos

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

The editors at Merriam-Webster have issued a reminder that the dictionary has tools to help people improve their spelling habits, after the White Hous...

Searches For 'Betrayal' Spike After Spicer Is Asked To Define It

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 02.02.2017 | Arts

Press Secretary Sean Spicer may not want to define the word “betrayal,” but Merriam-Webster will gladly do so. The publishing company said that th...

There's A Word For The People Trump Allegedly Hires To Generate Applause

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.24.2017 | Arts

We are in the midst of a claque-roversy. After President Donald Trump’s visit to the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday, White House Press Secr...

Kellyanne Conway’s Use of 'Alternative Facts' Causes A Spike On Merriam-Webster Website

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

As a high school English teacher, I often find myself consulting the dictionary to make sure I am precise in my usage of obscure words. “Fact” and...

The Dictionary Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway's Idea Of 'Alternative Facts'

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A day after White House press secretary Sean Spicer lied through an entire press briefing about the size of the crowds at President Don...

‘Carnage’ Is The Top Dictionary Search On Trump's Inauguration Day

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.20.2017 | Arts

A word cloud of Donald Trump’s inaugural address would likely feature phrases like “the people” and “unite.” The subtext of his speech is an...

Hollywood, It's Time We Put The Word 'Ingénue' To Rest

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.06.2017 | Arts

You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. Last week, when fi...

Sadly, 'Puppy' Isn't Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 12.19.2016 | Arts

“Surreal” is Merriam-Webster’s (yes, the dictionary) word of the year. The announcement comes after Oxford Dictionaries’ choice of “post-tru...

A Brief History Of America's Most Controversial Prefix

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.22.2016 | Arts

Alt-rock. Alt-lit. Alt-comedy. Alt-right. What was once a prefix used to classify subgenres has become one of the more controversial modifiers of our ...

A Lot Of People Are Looking Up 'Bigot' In The Wake Of Trump's Election

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics

It’s not just the election results many Americans are trying to understand. Merriam-Webster Dictionary has shared some of the most frequently search...

Not Even Merriam-Webster Knows What A 'Mazel Tov Cocktail' Is

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 11.07.2016 | Arts

Scottie Nell Hughes’ flub on CNN has Twitter in a tizzy. In discussing the 2012 music video for Jay Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,...

How The Dictionary Became The Hilarious Election Watchdog We Needed

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.19.2016 | Arts

This election season has had a big impact on the way we talk. At least, that’s the claim Merriam-Webster made in a recent blog post. “The 2016 pre...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspires Rush To The Dictionary For 'Faute De Mieux'

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a way with words -- and some of them are stirring intense interest on the internet. Online lookups of t...

Merriam-Webster Has Perfect Justification For Why 'Genderqueer' Is Now In Dictionary

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 04.25.2016 | Queer Voices

Last week, Merriam-Webster made an awesome -- and very queer -- move when it decided to add "cisgender" and "genderqueer" to its unabridged dictionary...

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...

In Raleigh, New,Tall and Lofty

J. Michael Welton | Posted 01.07.2017 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Louis Sullivan, father of the American skyscraper, posed the definitive question about that new architectural form back in 1896: "What is the chief characteristic of the tall office building?" he asked in an essay titled "The Tall Building Artfully Considered."

Merriam-Webster's Word Of The Year Says A Lot About The State Of America

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts

According to Merriam-Webster, this year has been the year of -isms. Feminism, socialism, racism, terrorism -- American rhetoric in 2015 was filled wit...