Word Buzz Wednesday: bombogenesis, the Starbucks effect, supertweet

February 4, 2015

Happy February! We kick off the shortest month of the year with our latest favorite buzzworthy words. This week: weather that’s the bomb; the side effect of Frappuccinos; and sometimes a tweet is just a tweet. bombogenesis “While millions of Americans gear up for likely historic snowfall this week, they should also prepare for a […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: herd immunity, sitzpinkler, spornosexual

January 28, 2015

What’s that? You need a word break? You’ve come to the right place. This week: the importance of vaccinations; the debate over sitting (or standing) to pee; and yet another -sexual. herd immunity “This is what scientists call ‘herd immunity,’ and its a huge reason we get vaccines in the first place.” Sarah Kliff, “The […]

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The Language of Convenience Stores

January 27, 2015

You might think of convenience stores as a 20th century phenomenon. After all, 7-Eleven, often touted as the “first ever” convenience store, opened in 1927. But the idea of a little shop where you can get some, if not all, of what you need is actually much older than that. Location, location, location The term […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: altcoin, deflategate, tsundoku

January 21, 2015

Have a hankering for some buzzworthy words? You’re in luck: it’s Word Buzz Wednesday! This week: funny money; a football scandal; and reading — or not reading — piles of books. altcoin “That’s led to a glut of hundreds, if not thousands, of so-called altcoins. Who can keep track of them all?” “Your complete A-Z […]

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Congratulations! It’s a Word!

January 20, 2015

Late last year, Erin McKean announced at PopTech Wordnik’s new not-for-profit status, and along with that, our Adopt a Word program. You’ve probably heard of Adopt a Highway: in exchange for keeping a section of the highway clean, an organization is allowed a sign with its name posted along that section. Wordnik’s Adopt a Word […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: bye Felicia; datasexual; manslamming

January 14, 2015

We hope by now you’re over your post-holiday social jet lag because it’s time for a new batch of buzzworthy words. This week: an Ice Cube-coined meme; being really into numbers; and passive aggression on the sidewalk. bye Felicia “Basically it’s me saying bye Felicia to the distractions, the people and things that aren’t supposed […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: drifted virus, flat white, Operation Death Eaters

January 7, 2015

What better way to kick off 2015 than with a fresh batch of buzzworthy words? This week: a mutant flu virus, another kind of coffee, and an anonymous vigilante group, care of Harry Potter. drifted virus “Pharmacologist and Forbes.com writer David Kroll argues that the worry about ‘drifted viruses’ is overblown.” Scott Pham, “The Nation […]

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