Fo Shizzle My Chizzle: Our Favorite -izzle Words

September 12, 2013

Snoop Dogg made a whole language out of it — adding -izzle to just about anything. Of course there are “real” -izzle words, like sizzle, swizzle, and grizzle, but what about those you may not have heard of? Here we take a look at six of our favorites. mizzle Today’s word of the day means […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of September 2, 2013

September 9, 2013

Every week, we pose a challenge: using any word of the day from the week, create a perfect tweet, otherwise known as a twoosh. Here are our favorites from last week. [View the story "WotD Perfect Tweetl Challenge - Week of September 2, 2013" on Storify] Thanks to everyone for playing! As always, to get […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Seamus Heaney, language peevers, when frogs grow hair

September 6, 2013

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 recent passing of Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky fondly recalled a memory of Heaney, as did Meghan […]

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English Words with Welsh Origins

September 3, 2013

Happy National Welsh Rarebit Day! In case you don’t know, rarebit, a corruption of the word rabbit, isn’t rabbit at all but “cheese melted with ale or beer served over toast.” If bunnies have nothing to do with this dish, how did it get its name? The word Welsh was “used disparagingly of inferior or […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of August 26, 2013

September 2, 2013

Every week, we pose a challenge: using any word of the day from the week, create a perfect tweet, otherwise known as a twoosh. Here are our favorites from last week. [View the story "WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge - Week of August 26, 2013" on Storify] Thanks to everyone for playing! As always, to get […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of August 19, 2013

August 26, 2013

Every week, we pose a challenge: using any word of the day from the week, create a perfect tweet, otherwise known as a twoosh. Here are our favorites from last week. [View the story "WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge - Week of August 19, 2013" on Storify] Thanks to everyone for playing! As always, to get […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Elmore Leonard, literally, fatberg

August 23, 2013

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 writer Elmore Leonard, whose best-known works include Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch. The television show Justified is based […]

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