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- Why Do Brits And Americans Spell Words Differently? February 22, 2019Brits and Americans may share a mother tongue, but when it comes to spelling a handful of common terms, we just can’t seem to settle on a shared favorite—or is it favourite?—approach. Thankfully, most words in English are spelled the same wherever the language is spoken. But a select few take different spellings on opposite sides of the Atlantic. These are s […]Dictionary.com
- Why Is Everyone’s Favorite Comeback A Whataboutism? February 21, 2019Attention World: Your Favorite Comeback Sucks There are all sorts of retorts people resort to when criticized or called out for a mistake or wrongdoing of some kind. (Heaven forbid anyone just say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong,” anymore.) One of the most maddening kinds is increasingly being referred to as whataboutism. You know it when you hear it. “Hey, weren’t […]Julie Ryan Evans
- Why Do We Use Onomatopoeia? February 21, 2019Few words are as fun to say as onomatopoeia, but what the heck does it mean? Despite its complex look and sound, onomatopoeia actually has a simple function in the English language. It’s defined as “the formation of a word, as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.” To put it simply, it’s a word … The po […]Dictionary.com
- Has The Word “Ninja” Been Culturally Appropriated? February 20, 2019Traditionally, the word ninja is defined as “a member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenary agents, highly trained in martial arts and stealth (ninjutsu), who were hired for covert purposes ranging from espionage to sabotage and assassination.” These ninjas have captured the Western pop culture imagination since at least the 1960s, when the word was borr […]Ashley Austrew
- Cough, Cough: Here Are 10 Different Ways To Say “ough” February 20, 2019The post Cough, Cough: Here Are 10 Different Ways To Say “ough” appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Lauren Sliter
- Dissent vs. Protest: Why Choosing The Right Word Matters February 19, 2019It seems political conflict in the 2010s has put the words dissent and protest at the center of our vocabulary. More and more, people are speaking out against injustices, voicing opposition to things they disagree with, and organizing to effect change. But, even though dissent and protest are both terms that people can use to describe such forms of disagreem […]Ashley Austrew
- Amplify Your Attractancy With This Week’s Quiz February 18, 2019Snowbirds and townies alike are wild about this week’s Word of the Day Quiz. | February 11 – 17, 2019 If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser. Interested in Words of the Day from the past? Check out this one that we brought to life … Tell us your favorite word from this week below (and share it … The post Amplify Your Attrac […]Nick Koch
- Using These Words Will Make You Sound Like You’re From New York February 15, 2019If you’ve ever watched a mobster movie set in New York—and let’s face it, most of them are—you probably think that talking like a New Yorker is as easy as dropping a few Rs and smushing whole sentences into one word. The dialect particular to movie depictions of New York City’s Italian-American community is one of the best recognized in the country, but it d […]Jeanne Sager
- Presidents’ Day Isn’t The Real Name Of The February Holiday February 14, 2019If you live in the United States and you’re anything like us, you might view Presidents’ Day as just another three-day weekend in February. But the story behind this important commemorative holiday is more interesting than you might think–especially considering Presidents’ Day isn’t the official name of the holiday at all. When was the first Presidents’ Day? […]Dictionary.com
- What Is The Difference Between “Gender” And “Sex”? February 13, 2019When two words have the same meaning, we call them synonyms. When two words have different meanings but people use them interchangeably, we write articles about what those words actually mean. Take gender and sex. While people substitute one for the other on the regular, their meaning and usage are significantly—and consequentially—different. Because we’re m […]Julie Ryan Evans
- Why Do Brits And Americans Spell Words Differently? February 22, 2019
- Cuteness in Japanese Culture February 23, 2019Cuteness—kawaisa—is a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture that first emerged in the 1970s, when teenage girls developed a new writing style using big, round characters decorated with hearts, smiley faces, and the like. To capitalize on this growing trend, companies launched cute merchandise lines. Today, cute elements can be found almost everywhere […]
- The Manananggal February 22, 2019The manananggal is a mythical creature of Filipino folklore usually described as an older woman capable of severing her upper body from her lower half and then taking flight with huge bat-like wings. The creature is said to hunt at night, sucking the blood of its unsuspecting victims with its proboscis-like tongue. Like vampires, the manananggal detests garl […]
- Arcology February 21, 2019A portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "ecology," arcology refers to a set of architectural principles concerning the design of enormous habitats meant to accommodate an extremely high human population density. These largely hypothetical "hyperstructures" are designed to contain a variety of residential, commercial, and a […]
- Cuteness in Japanese Culture February 23, 2019
- Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820) February 23, 2019In 1816, Arthur Thistlewood, a member of the revolutionary Spencean Society in London, organized a public meeting at Spa Fields, at which a revolution was to be started. However, the meeting was easily dispersed, and Thistlewood was arrested and narrowly escaped conviction for treason. Undeterred, Thistlewood later plotted the assassination of cabinet member […]
- The "Miracle on Ice" (1980) February 22, 2019Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made u […]
- German Socialist Kurt Eisner Is Assassinated (1919) February 21, 2019Eisner was a German journalist and politician. From 1898, he was editor of Vorwärts, the official Social Democratic Party newspaper. He joined the Independent Social Democratic Party in 1917, later becoming its leader. In November 1918, he organized a Socialist revolution that overthrew the monarchy in Bavaria, and he became the first prime minister and mini […]
- Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820) February 23, 2019
- Pope Paul II (1417) February 23, 2019Born in Venice as Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II was the successor of Pope Pius II, and the nephew of Pope Eugene IV. A Renaissance pope, he patronized printing, beautified and improved Rome, and collected antiquities. Like Pius II, he was involved in struggles with the Bohemian George of Podebrad, who was the leader of the Utraquists, or the moderate Hussites, […]
- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788) February 22, 2019An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented […]
- Andrés Segovia (1893) February 21, 2019Segovia was a Spanish guitarist whose transcriptions of early contrapuntal music, along with his concerts and recordings, were largely responsible for the 20th-century resurgence of interest in the guitar and its possibilities as a concert instrument. Almost entirely self-taught, he made his debut in Grenada in 1909 and by the 1920s was touring international […]
- Pope Paul II (1417) February 23, 2019
- St. Polycarp's Day February 23, 2019St. Polycarp (c. 69-c. 155) was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. He became bishop of Smyrna in 96 and, when the persecution of Christians was ordered by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he was condemned to be burned at the stake. But according to legend, the fire formed an arch over his head and his body was left unharmed. When a spear was plunged into h […]
- Fisher Poets Gathering February 22, 2019The Fisher Poets Gathering annually brings together poets, musicians, and story-tellers with an interest in fishing, particularly the lives of commercial fishers. Performances and meetings take place in various venues in the historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. The centerpieces of the Gathering are poetry and prose readings, storytelling, and open micro […]
- Vanuatu Father Walter Lini Day February 21, 2019A former Anglican priest, Father Walter Lini became the first prime minister of the newly independent country of Vanuatu in 1980. Despite those who remember him for his authoritarian ways, Lini is honored on February 21 as the father of Vanuatu's independence. To mark the 25th anniversary of the country's independence, the 2005 celebration of Lini […]
- St. Polycarp's Day February 23, 2019
- oodles February 23, 2019Definition: (noun) A large number or amount. Synonyms: dozens, gobs, heaps, lashings, loads, lots, rafts, scads, scores, slews, stacks, tons, wads, piles. Usage: Our local bakery has oodles of desserts available for purchase. Discuss
- belly-up February 22, 2019Definition: (adjective) Financially ruined. Synonyms: bankrupt. Usage: The struggling grocery store was forced to lay off several employees to avoid going belly-up.
- peerless February 21, 2019Definition: (adjective) Eminent beyond or above comparison. Synonyms: matchless, nonpareil, one and only, unrivaled, unmatched, one. Usage: You shall now learn how great is the knowledge and power of our peerless Sorceress.
- oodles February 23, 2019
- In the News December 13, 2018The news feed is no longer available.
- In the News December 13, 2018
- Gustave Flaubert February 23, 2019Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it. Discuss
- W. Somerset Maugham February 22, 2019It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."
- W. Somerset Maugham February 21, 2019You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.
- Gustave Flaubert February 23, 2019
- Are food allergies more common now? February 21, 2019Neil and Rob discuss the topic and teach you new vocabulary.
- How effective are dating apps? February 14, 2019Apparently, only 5% of people who've used dating apps, actually go on the date. Why?
- What's the appeal of high-heeled shoes? February 7, 2019Neil and Rob talk about these uncomfortable but very glamorous shoes.
- Improving your memory January 31, 2019Neil and Rob discuss ways of improving your memory and teach you new vocabulary.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Are food allergies more common now? February 21, 2019