Vocabulary

New Word macro malware infects macOS and Windows

Another form of Microsoft Word malware that infects both macOS and Windows machines has been detected.<p>The malicious VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code is buried in a Word document macro and automatically adapts its attack depending on the operating system used. Once installed, it can be used …

Malware

Trending: Tapper: 'Ignominious Defeat'

<i>Ignominious</i> (“marked with or characterized by disgrace or shame”) raced to the top of our lookups on March 24th, 2017, immediately after the decision …

The New Word That Debuted the Year You Were Born

Flash Mob

Read the paper. Be curious. 10 habits that make you smart

Invest your time and resources to build your future.

IQ

6 Business Buzzwords Have Just Been Added To The Dictionary

They used to just be trendy, catchy, and generally annoying ways of saying things at work. Now they are recognized as official expressions in the Merriam-Webster and Oxford dictionaries.<p>Recently, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary came out with new listings of official …

Net Neutrality

Trending: 'The Gravamen Was An Abuse Of Power'

<i>Gravamen</i> (“the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint”) spiked 108,667% over the hourly average after FBI Director James Comey used …

Abuse of Power

Cut These 7 Words From Your Vocabulary to Sound More Confident at Work

If you have great ideas, you need to know how to communicate them. At work as in relationships, it all starts with conveying confidence. But a …

Body Language

10 Indispensable Scottish Words : Collieshangie

<b>Definition:</b> the buttocks<p>When one is engaged in dinner party conversation, one occasionally hears another guest make some assertion about the English …

Linguistics

Typeshift

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Adobe Flash

Change Your Words, Change Your Life

<i>“Language shapes our behavior and each word we use is imbued with multitudes of personal meaning. The right words spoken in the right way can bring</i> …

Language

French slang: Everyday words you need to know

If you're looking to improve your French, memorize this list.<p><b>Car</b><p>The French love (and hate) their cars as much as Anglos do and have bestowed upon …

Linguistics

TypeShift is a slick and beautiful new word game for iPhone

From the creator of Spelltower and Really Bad Chess<p>Leave it to Zach Gage to create yet another interesting experience in the well-trod field of word games. The game designer, who most recently crafted fascinating new spins on chess and solitaire, just released a word game called <i>TypeShift</i> on iOS. He …

iOS

SXSW: Who are the top bands? Check out Beach Slang

<b>Beach Slang</b><p><b>From:</b> Philadelphia<p><b>Website:</b> http://beachslang.com/<p><b>Bay Area show:</b> 8 p.m., Apr. 13, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco. $29.75. …

Music

PS. Projects and Pandas

<b>Why do we do projects?</b> <br>Why do we start photographic projects? <br>Why do we launch ourselves in the daunting task of taking pictures on a regular basis …

Creativity

What's the Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy?

What is the difference between <i>empathy</i> and <i>sympathy</i>?<p>For the most part, these two nouns are not used interchangeably, but often we encounter them in …

Empathy

Phaytea's Pulse

Hi hi, It’s another wednesday and that means we have a new word to share on #WordSearchSeries. You won’t believe where we found our new word😉😉 …

We Added a Gender-Neutral Pronoun in 1934. Why Have So Few People Heard of It?

One of the most common complaints that one hears about the English language is that it lacks a gender-neutral pronoun for referring to a single third …

Language

'Whereabouts': Is it Singular or Plural?

The whereabouts of conclusive advice about whether <i>whereabouts</i> is plural or singular has historically been elusive. We're here to correct that. These …

ESL

Trending: 'It Came In The Mail Over The Transom'

Lookups for <i>transom</i> spiked over 13,600% above the hourly average on March 15, 2017, after President Trump’s 1040 from 2005 was released to the public …

Can You Say 'Very Pleased'?

Some of us make our way through life blithely unconcerned about matters of grammar and usage, reasoning that if people manage to understand what we …

10 Words You Should Never Say Again

Cue the eye roll — the Oxford Dictionary just published an update with plenty of overused slang terms. Some terms they included, like "yas" and …

Rational Security: The "Tapp My Wires" Edition

Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama of tapping his phones, and all hell breaks loose. WikiLeaks releases thousands of pages of information on CIA …

Security

Beach Slang

Don’t even speak of the terrible weather in New York today—just pretend to live inside the youthful, sequined California of Beach Slang’s new roller …

'People' vs. 'Persons'

There are few things in the English language more vexatious and bedeviling than two words which mean almost the same thing, especially if they are …

Language

What Does it Mean to be an Egg on Twitter?

As with avian twitterers, all users of the microblogging service Twitter begin as eggs.<p>On Twitter, an egg is a person whose profile picture is a …

Ugh: Americans Still Think Less of People Without Kids

The proportion of people who don't have children has gone way up over the past few years. The birth rate for women in their twenties dropped by 15 percent from 2007 to 2012, and nearly half of women ages 15 to 44 had no kids in 2014. There's even a new word for the decision—opting to be …

Parenting

This New App Lets You Express Yourself Like A Torontonian

I rate it still, top left.<p>Every city has its own unique slang, and Toronto illustrator Tabban Soleimani's zeroed in on her hometown's unique cadence …

Apps

Track Of The Day 6/3 - SLANG

'Sweet Lies'Life has its ups and downs.Emerging London artist <b>SLANG</b> has been through plenty of both - for every triumph, there's something slightly …

Music

'SpellTower' Developer Zach Gage is Releasing a New Word Game in 12 Days

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Gaming

Trending: Comey 'Incredulous' After Trump's Wiretapping Allegations

<i>Incredulous</i> (“indisposed to admit or accept what is related as true”) spiked dramatically in lookups on March 6th, after a source used the word to …

James Comey