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Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year Is “Vaccine”

The Associated Press reports: With an expanded definition to reflect the times, Merriam-Webster has declared an omnipresent truth as its 2021 word of the year: vaccine. “This was a word that was extremely high in our data every single day in 2021,” Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, said. “It really represents two different stories. One is the science story, which is …

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Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year For 2021: “Vax”

The New York Times reports: Apologies to jab, shot and “Fauci ouchie.” Oxford Languages’s 2021 Word of the Year is “vax.” That may seem like a no-brainer. But as with so much about public health, the power lies in the numbers. “Vaccine,” already a common-enough word in English, more than doubled in frequency over the past year, as vaccines against …

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“Dad Bod” Among Words Added By Merriam-Webster

The Washington Post reports: It’s clear that the pandemic has changed dining as we know it, sometimes in potentially permanent ways. Now, so many of the catchphrases we got to know while eating in the covid era are making their way into the firmament of the lexicon. Ever order a burger from a “ghost kitchen” for “curbside delivery”? Merriam-Webster is …

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Dictionary Names “Lockdown” 2020 Word Of The Year

The Guardian reports: Lockdown, the noun that has come to define so many lives across the world in 2020, has been named word of the year by Collins Dictionary. Lockdown is defined by Collins as “the imposition of stringent restrictions on travel, social interaction, and access to public spaces”, and its usage has boomed over the last year. Other pandemic-related …

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Merriam-Webster’s 2019 Word Of The Year Is “They”

ABC News reports: The language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared the personal pronoun “they” their word of the year based on a 313 percent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site, Merriam-Webster.com, this year when compared with 2018. “They” got an early start last January with the rise of model Oslo Grace on top fashion runways. The Northern Californian …

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Roseanne Barr: “I’m Queer, I Put The ‘Q’ In LGBTQ”

“Man, the word ‘fag’ is a really hateful word, isn’t it? Especially when it’s like one gay calling another gay guy that? Hoo! Have you ever been in the middle of one of them hate marriages? Hoo! It’s like, wait a minute, we’re not supposed to say that word. How come you’re saying that word? “What? Oh, I just can’t …

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Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Word Of The Year: “Justice”

Via press release from Merriam-Webster: Our Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. It was a top lookup throughout the year at Merriam-Webster.com, with the entry being consulted 74% more than in 2017. The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice. …

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Pompeo Cracks Down On Improper Use Of Commas

CNN reports: Iran, North Korea, Syria and … commas. While Mike Pompeo is focused on a number of key geopolitical concerns, an email obtained by CNN suggests that the secretary of state also appears to have had it, up to, here, with, the rampant, improper use of commas by State Department staff. In the last few months, two emails have …

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Trump Claims He No Longer Speaks To Steve Bannon: “I Don’t Talk To Him, That’s Just A Misnomer” [VIDEO]

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump said Thursday that he no longer talks to Steve Bannon, and accused reporters of exaggerating their relationship a day after his legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter to the former White House chief strategist over remarks he made about Trump’s son. “I don’t talk to him. That’s just a misnomer,” Trump told the press …

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Merriam-Webster’s Word Of 2017 Is “Feminism”

From Merriam-Webster: Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017 is feminism. The word was a top lookup throughout the year, with several spikes that corresponded to various news reports and events. The general rise in lookups tells us that many people are interested in this word; specific spikes give us insight into some of the reasons why. Feminism spiked following …

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Dictionary.com’s 2017 Word Of The Year: Complicit

USA Today reports: Ivanka Trump’s choice to remain involved in her father’s presidency helped make “complicit” Dictionary.com’s word of the year, but the site said the word resonates with a number of 2017’s biggest stories from Washington to Hollywood. “The word ‘complicit’ has sprung up in conversations this year about those who speak out against powerful figures and institutions and …

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UK Dictionary: 2017 Word Of The Year Is “Fake News”

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump will be characteristically pleased with himself when he hears that one of his favorite phrases, “fake news”, has been named “word of the year” by dictionary publisher Collins. Announcing the winner, U.K.-based Collins Dictionary said the term “fake news” saw an “unprecedented” rise with usage of the term increasing 365 percent since 2016. Defining “fake …

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VIRAL VIDEO: New Zealand LGBT Youth Group Teaches Amusing Lesson On Why “Gay” Shouldn’t Mean “Bad”

Gay Star News reports: A video by a New Zealand youth LGBTI organization has gone viral for its quaint approach using farmers to teach people it’s not ok to say ‘that’s gay’. Rainbow Youth was established in 1989 and is run entirely by young LGBTI people. It just released its first ever national ad campaign with a funny video to …

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New Los Angeles Times Reporting Guidelines Call For Avoiding The Usage Of “Openly Gay” And “Homosexual”

From the Los Angeles Times: The Times has updated its guidelines for covering the LGBTQ community. As our understanding of gender and sexual orientation evolves, so does language. The Times’ goal is to be contemporary, clear and flexible, while maintaining consistency of style. “Queer” previously was considered a term to avoid because of its history as a pejorative. However, “queer” …

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MAINE: Lack Of Oxford Comma In Wage Law Could Cost Company Millions In Class Action Overtime Lawsuit

The New York Times reports: A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks. What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page …

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Trump Boasts To Police Group: “I Comprehend Very Well, Better Than I Think Almost Anybody” [VIDEO]

The Week reports: President Trump defended his immigration executive order Wednesday while speaking at the National Sheriffs’ Association’s winter meeting. After reading the entirety of the order, which bans people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S., Trump insisted the order “couldn’t have been written any more precisely.” Whether “you’re a good student in high school or a …

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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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ITALY: Calling Someone “Gay” Is No Longer Libelous

Metro reports: It’s the ‘insult’ of choice for many a schoolyard bully but being called gay should be not considered offensive, Italy’s high court has ruled. Judges said the term ‘homosexual’ no longer has an ‘intrinsically offensive meaning as, perhaps, might have been considered in the not-so-distant past’, ANSA reports from the Cassation Court in Rome. The judgement was made …

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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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