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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Word Buzz Wednesday: drifted virus, flat white, Operation Death Eaters

January 7, 2015

What better way to kick off 2015 than with a fresh batch of buzzworthy words? This week: a mutant flu virus, another kind of coffee, and an anonymous vigilante group, care of Harry Potter. drifted virus “Pharmacologist and Forbes.com writer David Kroll argues that the worry about ‘drifted viruses’ is overblown.” Scott Pham, “The Nation […]

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Word Buzz Wednesday: Columbusing, dark web, kleptothermy

December 31, 2014

An iguana and kitten get kleptothermic. Happy (almost) New Year! We’re closing out 2014 with our latest favorite buzzworthy words. This week: appropriating culture; the darkness of anonymity; and one way to get toasty this winter. Columbusing “Columbusing is a word that can be used to describe the reappropriation or perhaps misappropriation of African-American culture […]

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Holiday Food Words: Eggnog, A Riot of a Word

December 25, 2014

Happy Christmas, fellow Wordniks! Today we wrap up our little series on some of our favorite holiday food words. Our final installment, that holiday grog of champions: eggnog. The origins of both the drink eggnog and the word are unclear. Some say the beverage originated from the 14th century English posset, although posset, while milky, […]

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