The Selfie Variations

April 30, 2014

It was the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2013 Word of the Year and has shown no signs of slowing down: the selfie. The term selfie was apparently invented by an Australian man who took a drunk self-portrait (a drelfie, if you will). There’s no lack of other selfie types: the funeral selfie; the plane crash selfie; the […]

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The Reverb App: Now Even More Collection-y

April 10, 2014

You know that we at Wordnik love collections. After all, a dictionary is basically a huge collection of words, and lists — of which we have at last count almost 47,000 — are just mini-collections. So we’re extra excited that our sister product, Reverb, is now offering user collections. In case you didn’t know, Reverb […]

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Heathers, Much? Our 7 Favorite Slang Terms from ‘Heathers’

April 7, 2014

We can hardly believe it but Heathers is turning 25 this year. We thought we’d celebrate with some slushies, croquet, and TNT, but that seemed like a lot of trouble so we’re rounding up our seven favorite slang terms from the movie instead. EXPLETIVE ALERT: if you’re familiar with Heathers, you’re familiar with its, um, […]

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New Baby Buggy: When a Thing Isn’t “A Thing”

March 21, 2014

In case you missed it, a contestant on Wheel of Fortune had the most incredible — and luckiest — solve in “30+ years,” says host Pat Sajak. Here’s the video: Now, what’s incredible isn’t his solving the puzzle with just two letters, but that he came up with, of all things, NEW BABY BUGGY. New […]

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Sochi Slang: Our Favorite Winter Olympic Lingo

February 20, 2014

We can hardly believe it but the Olympics are almost over. In addition to keeping up with the latest on problems in Sochi, Olympic fashion (our favorites include the Norwegian curling team’s pants, skeleton competitors’ wicked helmets, and this Mariachi ski uniform), and oh yeah events, we’ve been keeping our ears open for fun slang […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Amiri Baraka, words of the year, Satan’s bracelets

January 17, 2014

Welcome to this week’s Language Blog Roundup, in which we bring you the highlights from our favorite language blogs and the latest in word news and culture. We were saddened by the passing of poet Amiri Baraka. Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, was a long-time activist and former poet laureate of New Jersey. In […]

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Language Blog Roundup: WOTY news, banished words, mooing with an accent

January 3, 2014

Happy new year, everyone, and welcome to the first Language Blog Roundup of 2014! The biggest end-of-2013 word news is of course the words of the year. While the American Dialect Society votes on their choices this week, others have already made their selections. At The New York Times, Grant Barrett unleashed a wordnado of […]

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