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Big Question
Do Any Languages Besides English Have Homophones?
Sound-alike words are a worldwide source of confusion.... READ ON
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5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of How the Dictionary is Made
'Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries' is a captivating inside look at the job of dictionary making from both a personal and historical angle.... READ ON
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8 Slang Terms from The Breakfast Club, Decoded
The events in 'The Breakfast Club' took place on this date in 1984.... READ ON
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Mobile Game From Merriam-Webster Tests Your Dictionary Knowledge
Meet your newest word game obsession.... READ ON
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9 Old Words for Ignorance
Next time you feel the urge to make your sparring partner aware of his lack of knowledge, soften the blow with one of these old-timey terms for ignorance.... READ ON
Quizzes
Pick the 3-Letter Word
Take the quiz!... READ ON
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28 Weird and Wonderful Irish Words
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Online Dictionary Uses Simple Analogies to Decode Tech Jargon
Learn why internet cookies are like a barista with a good memory.... READ ON
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10 Pointy Pieces of Slayer Slang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
From sitch to five by five, here are just a few of our Buffy the Vampire Slayer slang terms in honor of the 20th anniversary of the show's debut.... READ ON
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11 Words Coined 100 Years Ago
"O.M.G." made its first documented appearance a century ago—in a letter to Winston Churchill.... READ ON
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'Fake' Etymology: The Story Behind One of the Dictionary’s Most Intriguing Words
The story behind one of today's big buzzwords goes all the way back to the secret slang of early 19th century criminals.... READ ON
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5-Year-Old Edith Fuller Is the Scripps National Spelling Bee’s Youngest Speller Ever
Can you spell "victory"?... READ ON
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12 Words For The Insufferably Vain
Please use these words next time you have to describe a self-obsessed huff-snuff.... READ ON
Big Question
How Did "Jones" Come to Mean "Craving"?
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6 Idioms That Came From Film And Theater
Chances are, you’ve probably used an idiom from film or theater in an everyday context—maybe without even knowing it.... READ ON
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Lookups of 'Exhume' and 'Confluence' Spiked During the Oscars Ceremony
When Hollywood talks, people listen. Then they Google.... READ ON

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