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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Word Buzz Wednesday: chemesthetic; Glances™; warrior gene

March 18, 2015

Welcome to our latest installment of Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up five buzzworthy words. This week: red hot chile peppers; smartwatches in the night, exchanging glances; them’s fightin’ genes. chemesthetic “Capsaicin, unlike other compounds found in food, is a chemesthetic (a chemical that activates receptors associated with pain and touch) so it […]

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12 Wonderful Words from TED

March 16, 2015

It’s TED time again! You might know the germ of Wordnik started with Erin McKean’s 2007 TED talk, “The joy of lexicography.” In it, Erin discusses a new kind of dictionary, one not bound by paper but as big as technology allows — big enough to hold all the words. And not just “real” words […]

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‘Community’ Soup: 12 Best Words So Far

March 12, 2015

Community is back next week (at least via Yahoo Screen)! And while we’ll miss Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, we’re glad school is back in session for the rest of the Greendale gang — so glad we’re rounding up our favorite class Community-isms from Word Soups past. accusational opposition disorder Britta: “For our midterm, we […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: Big Pizza, flying donkeys, Spocking

March 11, 2015

It’s time once again for our weekly buzzworthy word roundup! The latest: an extra large pie; leapfrogging donkeys; and paying homage to Spock. Big Pizza “Big Pizza spent about $1.5 million in the last two election cycles, which is really no surprise. What might surprise you is that pizza is so partisan: 88 percent of […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: micro-punctuation, Purkinje effect, whale fall

March 4, 2015

Welcome to Word Buzz Wednesday, in which we round up our favorite buzzworthy words of the week. In this batch: revealing punctuation, the color of that damned dress, and a whale that’s not a fail. black site “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black […]

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Adopt-a-Word Un-Birthday Sale

February 27, 2015

We say it’s our birthday! Well, sort of. You may remember back in February 2012 when Wordnik turned one. But wait a minute, you might be thinking, hasn’t Wordnik been around longer than that? It has. We were incorporated on Leap Day 2008, which means that technically we have a birthday only once every four […]

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