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Looking to make your writing more vivid? Start with color! Here are more than 195 words to help you paint pictures in your readers' minds. Continue reading...
When we announced our Second Annual 15-Second Video Contest, we were secretly worried we'd never get entries as enterprising as we did last year. Happily, however, all you have to do is watch the 10 winning videos embedded in this post to see that many of this year's 600-plus submissions met, if not exceeded, our previous standard. Continue reading...
When potential tourist-carrying SpaceShipTwo crashed, resulting in one death, you just knew there would be some euphemisms to explain the disaster. The euph of choice was anomaly. Continue reading...
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Writers live by their lists of words, and there is no better way to expand your personal arsenal than by building lists using the Advanced Search feature in our dictionary. Follow along as we make a list of 195 color words to learn how to use this powerful tool. Continue reading...
Today is "Cyber Monday," the day that retailers have anointed as the kickoff of the online holiday shopping season. "Cyber Monday" is a recent coinage, going back to a 2005 press release. "Black Friday," on which "Cyber Monday" is modeled, goes back to the early 1960s, and some newly discovered evidence illuminates its early use. Continue reading...
On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Americans kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang. We look back to a Word Routes column by lexicographer Ben Zimmer exploring the origins of the phrase "Black Friday." It is not, as many believe, the day when retailers' balance sheets change from red to black. Continue reading...
Today is Thanksgiving Day! You are probably in the midst of celebrating with friends and family gathered around a turkey right this very minute. But in case you're not, we invite you to celebrate for a moment here with us by contemplating the difference between Thanksgiving with a capital T and thanksgiving, the word. The difference comes down to simple grammar, but perhaps we can find in the distinction something more? Continue reading...
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