Word Buzz Wednesday: Bone Wars; Churchillian Drift; Easterlin paradox

April 15, 2015

Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. The latest: a dinosaur dust-up; who said what; and money doesn’t always buy happiness. Bone Wars “The name Brontosaurus goes back to the so-called Bone Wars of the late 1800s, when rival fossil hunters Othniel Charles Marsh and […]

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5 Cherry Blossom Terms, Translated

April 13, 2015

If you’re in the D.C. area you’re in luck: it’s “peak bloom” week for cherry blossoms. If you don’t have the chance to enjoy the pink pulchritude in our nation’s capital or elsewhere, please enjoy the stories behind these five Japanese cherry blossom terms. hanami “The Japanese tradition of ‘hanami’ – or the cherry blossom […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: cord-never, kayfabe, sneakerhead

April 8, 2015

Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. The latest: cutting the literal and figurative cords; a Pig Latin-y carny term; and addiction to footwear. Chicago Sunroof “The way Jimmy sees it, that Chicago Sunroof was the start of all of his problems.” Kevin P. Sullivan, […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: ili pika; mukbang; telomere

April 1, 2015

Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. The latest: the elusive “magic rabbit”; performance binge eating; and space-time-aging mind meld. Ili pika “Meet the Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis), an extremely elusive, cuddly creature that is rarely seen by human eyes.” Jenny Zhang, “Adorable Teddy Bear-like […]

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The Language of Taste

March 31, 2015

Last week the 2015 nominees for the James Beard awards were announced. Among the nominated are mostly chefs and restaurants, but also included are food writers. Food plus words, what’s not to love? In celebration, we’re taking a look at the language of taste. gustatory “She was if the word gustatory had grown legs and […]

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Orphan Words: Let the Bidding Wars Begin!

March 30, 2015

Last week you may have noticed that we started featuring “orphan” words on Twitter. First off, what the heck is an orphan word? It’s any word that has yet to be adopted in our Adopt a Word program. A featured orphan word is up for bidding — that is, it goes to the highest bidder […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: Cholliwood, kiss squeak, Kiwi collier

March 25, 2015

Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. The latest: hooray for Cholliwood, an unexpected distress call, and checkered chihuahuas. Cholliwood “So, yes, ‘Cholliwood,’ as it’s been dubbed (‘Chollima’ is the name of the flying horse you see everywhere in North Korea), is not quite Cinecittà.” […]

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