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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.

'Hashtag' And 'Tweep' Added To The Dictionary

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books

NEW YORK (AP) — Da "Yoopers" up dere in da U.P., Michigan's Upper Peninsula, have hit it big with inclusion of their nickname in Merriam-Webster's C...

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...

Merriam-Webster's Words Of The Year

AP | LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books

NEW YORK — Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012. Traffic for the ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

'Bromance' And Other New Additions To Merriam-Webster Dictionary

AP | By STEPHANIE REITZ | Posted 10.25.2011 | Books

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Here's something for your Twitter feed: "Tweet" has earned a spot in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. Used as both a ...

'Austerity' Named Word Of The Year

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — As Greece faced a debt crisis, the government passed a series of strict austerity measures, including taxes hikes and cutti...

Sarah Palin's 'Refudiate' Takes Dictionary's Top Searched 'Word of the Summer'

AP | STEPHANIE REITZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Merriam-Webster's "Word of the Summer" is not even a word. That's something no one can "refudiate." Sarah Palin's attempt ...

Is It 'Octopuses' Or 'Octopi'? Merriam-Webster Has The Answer In 'Ask An Editor' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's new online feature "Ask the Editor," associate editor Kory Stamper lays out a dilemma that grammar snobs eve...

'Oral Sex' Dictionary Controversy Resolved In California School

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

MENIFEE, Calif. — A California school district that pulled a dictionary from classrooms because it defined oral sex will allow it back on the sh...

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds Definition Of 'Earmark'

Los Angeles Times | Richard Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Those who pore over congressional legislation in search of earmarks often have been guided by the "I know it when I see it" maxim that Justice Potter ...

Lucky Diamond and President Obama's Dog Naming Political Party

Wendy Diamond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wendy Diamond

According to Mrs. Obama, the only thing still up in the air is the presidential pooch's name. What's in a name anyway?

Merriam-Webster's Word of 20...12: "Avoided Deforestation"

Matthew Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Matthew Owen

Reaching for my crystal ball, let me be the first to tell you -- today -- what Merriam-Webster's word of 2012 will be: "Avoided Deforestation."