Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com, shutterstock There is plenty of dystopian fiction in these 10 young adult novels grown-ups secretly love. In real life, however, the term “dystopia” has been thrown around a lot lately as a descriptor for everything from fashion to post-hurricane images on the news. A dystopia is an “imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives,” according to Merriam-Webster. So, technically, you’re not really dystopian when you rock your trendy bomber jacket and combat boots. Because you’re not in an “imaginary place.” If you say it as a description for something scary and real, it makes sense: “When flood waters gushed through the living room, it felt like a dystopia.” Make sure you start using these 10 almost-extinct words before it’s too late.
Tatiana Ayazo /Rd.com, shutterstock Everyone was obsessed with the solar eclipse in August 2017, so obscure scientific terms got trendy! One of the most trendy terms was “syzygy.” That word basically means “yoked together” in ancient Greek. Astronomers use it to describe the situation when three celestial bodies get in formation in a straight line. It also has something to do with gravitation pull. Syzygy is as complicated as it sounds. Use it this way: “The solar eclipse created a rare syzygy when the sun, moon and earth were in perfect alignment.” Here are the 70 words and phrases you’ve probably been using all wrong.