Word Buzz Wednesday: impression management; omspreading; vaccine delayer

February 11, 2015

It’s time for one of our favorite things — new words! Some are newly coined (also known as neologisms); some are just new to us. All are buzzworthy. This week: managing your impressions; the zen of subway-spreading; and adding to the vaccine debate. anticipation “The  phenomenon, which geneticists call ‘anticipation,’ is common in other genetic […]

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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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