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Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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Joined on December 15, 2009
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Dictionaries ❌ make up words ❌ endorse the concepts described by the words they enter ✅ describe and document the way language is used and the way it evolves

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Reader friends! We're adding word lists to our vocab-building app for kids 8-12 (https://www.merriam-webster.com/puku/about ) and we need your help. What are your (or your kids') all-time favorite chapter books? Let's hear 'em.

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'Toplofty': very superior in air or attitude 'Pontifical': pompous or pretentiously dogmatic 'Supercilious': coolly and patronizingly haughty

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Can't relate, but: 'Cryophilic' - ☃️ thriving at low temperatures

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Here's how 'snug as a bug in a rug' got so comfortable in the language.

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Hello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'judgment' https://s.m-w.com/37kEnBr 

Hello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'judgment' https://s.m-w.com/37kEnBr 

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📈Top searches, in order: socialism, existential, fracking, capitalism, draconian, superdelegate #DemDebate

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The short answer? Yes. The long answer? Yes, and the story is really gross.

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❄️☃️🌬 Stay warm out there, folks. 🌨🌫❄️

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The Latin 'ultra crepidam' ("beyond the sole") leant itself to 'ultracrepidarian,' or "one who offers advice beyond one’s sphere of knowledge."

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Alternate caption: Yer fond of me 'limelight' article, ain't ye?

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The original 'limelight' was invented for boat safety, but its oxyhydrogen flame proved too expensive and dangerous to be used in lighthouses. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/putting-the-history-of-limelight-in-the-limelight …

The original 'limelight' was invented for boat safety, but its oxyhydrogen flame proved too expensive and dangerous to be used in lighthouses. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/putting-the-history-of-limelight-in-the-limelight …

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Is 'than' only a conjunction? Or can it be a preposition? Word Nerds, this one's for you.

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Early use of 'complacent' meant "pleasing" or "obliging," but its common meaning has since shifted to "self-satisfied" or "unconcerned."

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Names becoming words, words becoming dictionary entries.

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'eradicate' https://s.m-w.com/2QbyIbj 

Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'eradicate' https://s.m-w.com/2QbyIbj 

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'Ullage': the amount that a container (such as a tank or cask) lacks of being full #NationalDrinkWineDay

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A 'murder' of crows? Easy. How about: An 'exaltation' of larks? A 'skulk' of thieves? A 'smack' of jellyfish?

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A collateral adjective is one that is etymologically distinct from its related noun—such as 'feline' (from Latin 'felinus') and 'cat' (Latin 'catta').

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So, it was a long weekend and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet.

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