Tag Archives: Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster Adds “Shade” To Dictionary

The A.V. Club reports: America still has much to learn from drag queens—gender being a social construct, for example, or the perils of hog body—but there’s one aspect of drag culture that has long since moved into the mainstream, and that’s the slang. Chief among these linguistic gifts is a new, many-layered meaning for the word “shade,” a concept that ...

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Merriam-Webster Trolls Conway On “Alternative Facts”

From Merriam-Webster: Fact (“a piece of information presented as having objective reality”) spiked dramatically on January 22nd, following an exchange between Chuck Todd and Kellyanne Conway on NBC’s Meet the Press that was fraught with epistemological tension. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and Sean Spicer, our press secretary is giving alternative facts to that,” Conway shot back. “Wait a minute, ...

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Merriam-Webster’s Word Of 2016: SURREAL

Late last month Merriam-Webster issued a tweet basically begging people to look up anything but “fascism” – which was then leading their look-ups list for 2016. Today we get the final “winner.” The Independent reports: Was 2016 a dream or a nightmare? Try something in between: “surreal,” which is US dictionary Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. Meaning “marked by the ...

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Merriam-Webster Issues Plea About “Fascism”

Somehow the right wing Washington Examiner manages not to mention Trump in their story about this tweet, which was flagged for us by JMG reader John. The good people at Merriam-Webster practically begged users to search for any word other than “fascism” so the dictionary company could avoid making it the word of 2016. In a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon, ...

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Merriam-Webster’s Word Of 2014: Culture

Via the Associated Press: A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of ...

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Merriam-Webster’s Top Words For 2012

Merriam-Webster has issued a list of the year’s top ten most searched for definitions on their website. The first two words are tied. 1. socialism and capitalism 2. touché 3. bigot 4. marriage 5. democracy 6. professionalism 7. globalization 8. malarkey 9. schadenfreude 10. meme I’m guessing we had something to do with #3 & #4.

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Newly Added To Merriam-Webster

Here are a few of the words and terms added to the 2012 edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary by its editor Peter Sokolowski: F-bomb, sexting, man cave, earworm, energy drink, flexitarian, mash-up, e-reader, craft beer, and shovel-ready. A couple of existing words have had new definitions added: toxic (in a political sense) and underwater (regarding home mortgages.) Flexitarian, which describes ...

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Today In Wingnuttery

A California school district has pulled all the dictionaries from its libraries after a parent complained that a student was able to look up the definition of “oral sex.” School officials will review the dictionary to decide if it should be permanently banned because of the “sexually graphic” entry, said district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus. The dictionaries were initially purchased a ...

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Merriam-Webster: Where Have YOU People Been? We Did That Six Years Ago

It turns out that the wingnuts are a little behind the curve with all this screaming about Merriam-Webster updating the definition of marriage. According to the company, they made the change in 2003. Actually, it’s kind of mind-blowing that nobody on either side has picked up on that in six years. Yesterday Merriam-Webster responded to all the nasty emails coming ...

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Marriage Has Been Literally Redefined

Well kids, we have done it. We have literally redefined marriage. And I say “literally” in the literal sense of the word. Check out the new definition of marriage according to Merriam-Webster.Of course, we’d rather see Section 1 of that definition as only one line saying: “Marriage: the state of being united to another adult in a consensual or contractual ...

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New To The Dictionary

Among the new words added to this year’s Merriam-Webster dictionary: netroots, webinar, air quotes, Texas Hold ‘Em, mondegreen, pescatarian, infinity pool, dirty bomb, mental health day, subprime. I’m still waiting for “embiggen” to make it. Also: “greedy bottom.”

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W00t!

The Merriam-Webster word of the year for 2007: w00t! The rest of this year’s top ten: 2. facebook3. conundrum4. quixotic5. blamestorm6. sardoodledom7.apathetic8. Pecksniffian9. hypocrite10. charlatan Last year’s word of the year: truthiness..

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