10 Serious-Sounding Medical Conditions That Aren’t So Serious

November 10, 2014

Your doctor just broke the news to you: you have a bad case of rhinorrhea. Not only that, you’ve a touch of oscitancy and a bit of sudation too. Prognosis? You have a runny nose, you’re yawning, and you’re sweaty. All of which adds up to, while not exactly a pretty picture, nothing too serious. […]

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Boardwalk Empire: Our Favorite Words from the Final Season

October 27, 2014

Our favorite Prohibition era gangster show has ended, and what better way to pay homage than with a last round-up of our favorite words? While you’re at it, check out our Boardwalk Empire glossary from last year. agony aunt Psychiatric patient [to Gillian]: “I do love a bit of the agony aunt, don’t you?” “The […]

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Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit!

October 24, 2014

Today we’re happy to announce that Wordnik.com, the world’s biggest online dictionary, has started the process of becoming a not-for-profit corporation, with the mission of collecting and sharing data for every word in the English language. Since 2008, Wordnik has tried to be the place where every word — no matter how rare, weird, new, […]

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10 Unusual Nature Words We Should Use More Often

October 20, 2014

Have you always wanted a word for the sound of rustling leaves? How about the fine spray of water swept from the tops of waves during a sea storm? You’re in luck: those words exist along with eight more unusual nature words we should use more often. apricity “But, you see, I’m a little too […]

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12 Favorite World Cup Words

July 8, 2014

We wouldn’t call ourselves rabid fans of soccer (or football, depending on your side of the Atlantic), but then that guy bit that other guy (and gave us Suarezing), the Colombia team danced after every goal, and Tim Howard made 16 record-breaking saves (and while he couldn’t save the U.S. team, he did save the […]

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The Words of ‘Game of Thrones,’ Season 4

June 16, 2014

HERE BE LOTS OF SPOILERS. Another season of Game of Thrones has ended, and with it many lives — and many shits — were lost. But we kept our heads all season (see what we did there) and have compiled for you this handy glossary. Enjoy! Book of Brothers Joffrey [to Jaime]: “So this is […]

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The Words of ‘Mad Men': brunch, the four Ps, Mary Wells

May 28, 2014

There’s only half a season left of Mad Men! We couldn’t mess around and lose our second to last chance to share our favorite words from the show. brunch Margaret: “I’d like to have brunch Sunday morning.” Roger: “Sure, that’d be nice. I’ll bring vodka.” “Time Zones,” April 13, 2014 While brunch, a combo of […]

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