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What Does 420 Mean—How It Became Known for Marijuana

It's the time of year that has people wondering, "What does 420 mean?" Here's the answer—and it's not what you've...


The Oxford English Dictionary Forgot to Include This Word for 50 Years

Thankfully, it's not a word we still use today.


The Surprising Meaning Behind These 8 Really Weird Words

Don't you just love 'petrichor'? Especially if you're one of the 'bibliobibuli' that feels especially inspired after a good storm?...


9 Fake Words That Actually Ended Up in the Dictionary

Even dictionary editors make mistakes sometimes.


These 13 2018 Dictionary Additions Are the Hardest Words to Spell and Pronounce

Get ready, wordies! That's the new word for word-lover, but not all the new terms added to the dictionary this...


22 Words and Phrases You Had No Clue Originated in the Military

The term "feeling blue" originated in the Navy. Who knew?


10 Almost-Extinct Words You Should Start Using Right Away

Whenever the dictionary gets updated, some words face the chopping block. If you would be sad to see “skedaddle” skedaddle...


25 Homophones People Confuse All the Time

Homophones are two words that have the same pronunciation but different definitions and spellings. Read on to ensure that you...

Every Word Coined the Year You Were Born

Language is constantly evolving, and the dictionary is right on top of that. Even better, Merriam-Webster has created Time Traveler,...


11 Words That Capture Feelings You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Can't stand to watch others embarrass themselves? There's a word for that!


The Clever Way Dictionary Editors Prank Each Other

Don’t believe every definition you read.


A CIA Agent’s Humorous Secret Guide to Government Phrases

You might not believe the origins of this government lingo.


10 Surprising Words Added to the Dictionary This Year

Do you wear fast fashion and hate humblebragging? Those terms didn't exist just a year ago—until Merriam-Webster Dictionary made them...


9 Food Names Inspired by Parts of the Body

These foods were creatively named for parts of the body.