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How A Word Gets Into the Dictionary

People create words all the time, but what makes the dictionary take notice? How does a word make the leap into the world of official recognition?

In this graphic, Merriam-Webster dishes some real talk on dictionary acceptance in simple terms. For more explanation of the steps in this chain, read the accompanying post and find out what they do—and don't—care about.

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Map: All 50 States Reimagined as Food Puns
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Pun enthusiasts will recall that we've covered Chris Durso's Foodnited States of America before. Now the project, which was inspired by Durso's young son, is available in map form in the Foodiggity store.


If you can't figure all of these out on the map above, here's the complete list and a larger image of each state's selection.

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