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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 01.07.2016 | 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...

Official Permission To Wear Gym Clothes All Day Long

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.09.2015 | Style

It's official: It's socially acceptable to wear your sweats out in public. What makes this possible, you ask? The word "athleisure" will be added to t...

Dreams Becoming Reality

Jackson Richman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Good News
Jackson Richman

Since childhood, I have been interested in journalism and politics. When I was in my early teens, I frequently watched the early local news. Now as a young adult, attending school in Washington, D.C. I can take advantage of a plethora of journalistic opportunities.

Why These People Got The Dictionary To Change The Definition Of 'Nude'

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices

Since its creation, the word "nude" has always been synonymous with a white skin tone -- just ask Merriam Webster, who originally defined the term as...

This Was Not the Blog I Planned to Write...

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Dan Duffy

The other night, my friend Renata and I got into a bit of a rhetorical discussion that was born from an old episode of Friends. The basic gist was, does anyone ever really do anything for someone from a truly altruistic perspective?

WTF! Merriam-Webster Adds A Bunch Of Internet Slang To Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.27.2015 | Technology

Emoji (noun): 😀 😌 😂 😇 Merriam-Webster just added "emoji," "meme," "WTF" and "clickbait" to the dictionary among 1,700 new words, meani...

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 ...

2014 in Two Words: "Culture" and "Vape"?

Frank Islam | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

Call us old fashioned, but none of these newly minted words is in our vocabulary. And, we doubt seriously whether any or many of them are in common usage among those tech savvy, selfie-taking, instagram-sending members of the millennial generation.

Loyalty and Responsibility

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.

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 Problem With -ISH

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Books
Dr. Peggy Drexler

-Ish is, no doubt, convenient, the drive-thru of adjectives. I'll give it that. But, like a steady diet of fast food, -ish, not used in moderation, will catch up to you.

Word of the Year -- Science: Fact vs. Fiction

Frank Islam | Posted 03.08.2014 | Media
Frank Islam

It appears the choice of science was not driven by the increased importance we as a society are placing on the scientific method. Rather, it was caused by the intensifying struggle for supremacy between the forces for empiricism and evidence versus those for beliefs and opinions.

Why I Wrote a Grammar Book

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

People often ask me why I wrote a grammar book. During most of my professional career, I worked with not-for-profit institutions in various parts of ...

Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.

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.

What's Your Definition of a Pimp?

Diane Dimond | Posted 07.22.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

On the heels of news about the "House of Horrors" in Cleveland where three young women were held as sex slaves, Danielle is pushing for heightened awareness about how pervasive human sex trafficking is -- nationwide. For Danielle words matter.

No 'Malarkey!' Biden Remark Prompts Big Record

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden sparked a wave of curiosity when he criticized a debate answer by 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as "mal...

How This World Leader Changed The Dictionary

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

It's still spelled m-i-s-o-g-y-n-y. But now it has a new meaning, thanks to a speech that redefined political shaming. The Associated Press reports...

'Underwater,' 'Systemic Risk' Added To Dictionary

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2012 | Business

Aug 14 (Reuters) - Popular phrases such as "man cave," "bucket list" and "game changer" are among the new entries in the 2012 update of Merriam-Webs...

Hilarious Old Words That Need A Comeback

thoughtcatalog.com | Marielle Wakim | Posted 07.16.2012 | College

By Marielle Wakim Thought Catalog The folks at Merriam-Webster and the Oxford English dictionary are largely considered the gatekeepers of the wor...

Andrew Losowsky

Nine Reference Books We'd Like To See Made Into Movies

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Losowsky | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books

A "Guinness World Records" movie is in the works, according to The Guardian. No details are yet forthcoming, but how hard can it be to turn a referenc...