Vocabulary

Is it Time to Retire the Word “Citizen”?

By Kate Reed Petty I recently witnessed the participants in a panel discussion collectively agree to avoid the word community. Early in the event, …

Language

'Bated', 'Shod', 'Boon', and 7 Other Fossil Words

In linguistics, a fossil is a word or sense of a word that was once in common use but is now obsolete or no longer actively used except in certain …

Translation

A Question About Slapping Black Slang on T-Shirts

In case you haven’t perused what’s going on in trendy fast fashion lately, here’s a glimpse: Taking internet slang—often the sort popularized by …

Clothing

It's Called 'Getting High' for This Ancient Reason

The 20th of April is everybody’s favorite day to smoke weed, get angry about draconian marijuana enforcement laws, and pose speculative questions …

Cannabis

Why There Are So Many Different Names for Weed

There are at least 1,200 slang terms related to marijuana — or cannabis or hashish or weed or pot or, as some say, asparagus. And there are hundreds …

Cannabis

What does 'otaku' really mean?

<i>Otaku</i> is a word we have been watching for a few years now. The term illustrates some of the difficulties in adding recent and specialized items of …

Language

Two Languages Develop Simultaneously, But Independently, In Bilingual Children

<i>Summary: Study shows languages develop on their own, independent course and the rates reflect the quality of exposure to each language.</i><p>Source: …

Neuroscience

The ultimate Aussie slang quiz

Best of NZ: 11 top picks for family resorts<p>Want the best deals delivered right to your inbox? Subscribe to be first in the know for hot deals, …

Travel

SLANG's Latest Track is a Nostalgic Ode to Weed-Reek Afternoons - Noisey

Pause, for a second. Here are the facts: SLANG, the man pictured above, has previously worked with the likes of Wiley, Charli XCX, and Marina and the Diamonds under the moniker Dan Dare. Now doing his thing under the capitalized SLANG name, one of his early tracks ("YAY") reached the coveted upper …

Music

Name That Thing: Flower Edition: Weekly Challenge

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-games/ntt-flowers-quiz<p>Can you correctly identify these flowers?<p>article

How one app wants to make you smarter while you wait

Make the most of those small moments you're waiting for tech to do its thing<p>Modern technology requires an awful lot of waiting. Waiting for slow web …

Productivity

Definition of GRIMALKIN

<i>grimalkin</i> was our Word of the Day on 04/18/2017. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

Linguistics

These Tools May Help You to Practice Vocabulary

What’s Up everybody 😁, in this section I will talk about tools which can help learners practice vocabulary. It will also make the learners know new …

Language

MIT makes apps that teaches language for just a few seconds

We have become an “instant” culture, that is, a culture of instant gratification. We expect what we want, from an Internet connection to a reply to a …

MIT

Definition of CROWD-PLEASER

CROWD–PLEASER Defined for English Language Learners<p>Learn More about <i>crowd–pleaser</i><p>Seen and Heard<p>What made you want to look up <i>crowd–pleaser</i>? Please tell …

Definition of ZAMZUMMIM

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster …

Welp, now “cushioning” is a new word in the language of love

Ah, the tricky world of modern dating. A new term emerges on the regular to describe some sort of action that you should probably know about if …

Relationships

The Most Popular Slang the Year You Were Born

The word "duh" is much, much older than you think.<p>1952: Divey (as in "Dive Bar")<p>1981: Chill Pill<p>1987: Couch Surfing<p>1989: Trash Talk<p>1994: Benjamins

Nostalgia

Transform your words in 4 steps

Home » Mind & Meaning » Transform your words in 4 steps<p>“Without language, we find ourselves living in a state of emotional chaos. Our brain has given …

Happiness

Level Up With These High Scoring Scrabble Words #NationalScrabbleDay

Look, when all else fails, nothing beats a good ole’ game of Scrabble. We’ve all had some intense battles over the years, and here at stupidDOPE, …

ESL

#CNILux: Talking Turkish Luxury

Cem Boyner, CEO of Boyner Group, explains how his company embraces opportunity<p>敬请期待中文版<p>At the third CNI Luxury Conference in Oman, Cem Boyner, CEO of …

Luxury

The Co-Inventor of the Roomba Wants a New Word to Replace 'Robot'

Rodney Brooks is annoyed. The man who helped bring the Roomba to life posted a blog entry on Tuesday, lamenting the fact that the word “robot” has …

Robots

12 secret Scrabble strategies that will help you win any game

In 1933, during the height of the Great Depression, an out-of-work architect named Alfred Mosher Butts invented a game that would bring joy to millions of Americans.<p>Fast forward to today, and Scrabble continues to delight millions of people all over the world.<p>We compiled a list of tips and tricks …

Board Games

Trending: United: 'Our Team Looked For Volunteers'

Lookups for <i>volunteer</i> spiked 1900% on April 10, 2017, after video of a passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago was …

Should 'Aggravate' Only Be Used to Mean 'to Make Worse'?

We all have friends and acquaintances who on occasion will aggravate us. Sometimes these people manage to perform this feat through pedestrian means, …

Linguistics

Twitter spawns twitterverse of new words

<b>Why has Twitter spawned a whole twitterverse of new words from tweet cred to twitterrhoea, asks Alan Connor.</b><p>When Miss Universe contestant Vasuki Sunkavalli was discovered tweeting a journalist's political commentary as if the thoughts were her own, it wasn't long before she was accused of …

Language

Apparently "Irony" is not in the GOP vocabulary.

You know, it’s getting so that concentrating on the <b>big</b> shit is just too depressing and hard to even follow anymore. Every :05 it changes, and if …

Liberal POV

7 Good Stories That Just Aren't True

<b>Definition:</b> a call or request for help or rescue<p><i>SOS</i> entered our vocabulary in 1910, and, despite what you may have heard/cleverly figured out on your …

Language

Modern Parenting Slang: 20 Phrases Mums And Dads Are Likely To Use Once They Have Kids

'Carmageddon' and 'cesspool' made it on the list.<p>Naturally once you’ve had kids your everyday vocabulary is going to change to include all the nappy changes, sleepless nights and baby sick.<p>But have you heard of these slang phrases that modern parents have started using?<p>Lisa Williams, founder of …

Parenting

When to Use 'Smote' and When to Use 'Smitten'

We often hear that words such as <i>literally</i> should not be allowed to take on certain figurative meanings that appear to mean the opposite of the word’s …

Translation