Have an A1 day!: Our Favorite Words from Breaking Bad

September 25, 2013

We’re just days away from the series finale of the brilliant Breaking Bad. While we’ve been on the edges of our seats all season, we’ve also been listening for interesting terms. We’ve collected them right here, from euphemisms to legal terms to the changing meaning of a devil of a word. Also be sure to […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of September 16, 2013

September 23, 2013

Welcome to the very last round-up of the winners of the Word of the Day Perfect Tweet Challenge! You may have heard that we’ll be discontinuing the contest to make room for some new fun challenges in the future. Until then here are the final winners: [View the story "WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge - Week […]

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Language Blog Roundup: Friends, kill the apostrophe, James Franco

September 20, 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. Ben Zimmer told us about the rhetoric of the Syrian conflict. Joshua Friedman at The Boston Globe claimed biz-speak is not the business world’s fault but rather is […]

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Sailor Sayings: 12 Common Words with Nautical Origins

September 19, 2013

While we’re all for talking like pirates, today we’ll be speaking sailor and taking a look at some words that you may not know have nautical origins. aloof “The President thus remained aloof, not personally involved in the U.N. debate.” Ted Lewis, “LBJ’s Aloof Pose Was Calculated,” The Spokesman-Review, June 21, 1967 Aloof, meaning distant […]

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A Brief History of Newspaper Lingo

September 18, 2013

The first issue of The New York Times was published 162 years today, and to celebrate we’re taking look at a brief history of some of our favorite newspaper words and slang. Before newspapers, there were government bulletins. The Acta Diurna or Daily Acts of ancient Rome were carved in metal or stone and posted […]

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Goodbye to the Twoosh

September 16, 2013

Over two years ago we kicked off the Word of the Day Perfect Tweet Challenge. Every week we asked you to use our words of the day in twooshes, tweets that are no more than 140 characters. You’ve more than met the challenge with your clever, often hilarious, and at times moving tweets. But like […]

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WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge – Week of September 9, 2013

September 16, 2013

Here are the results from our weekly word challenge. [View the story "WotD Perfect Tweet Challenge - Week of September 9, 2013" on Storify] Thanks to everyone for playing! As always, to get the word of the day, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or subscribe via email.

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