Word of the Day

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Here you will find some interesting words we have covered that have gained prominence in the media or on social media. You can find more words in the word of the year section.


  • Kim Jong Un's Dotard Insult Sends Americans Scrambling for Dictionaries (2017-09-21): Kim Jong Un called President Trump a dotard in a new threat forcing millions to look up the word. The word dotard is now trending on Twitter.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Online Adds New Words Including Photobomb, Mwahahaha and Tweeps (2012-08-23): Oxford University Press has announced the addition of new words to its Oxford Dictionaries Online.

  • What Does Hurt Locker Mean? (2010-03-10): Hurt Locker is an Oscar winning movie but what does the term means. Hurt locker is GI slang for a severe injury.

  • Web 2.0 is One Millionth Word (2009-06-15): Web 2.0 is a word associated with Internet technologies that have a social component and user-generated content.

  • Ophidiophobia on a Plane (2006-08-18): The Word of the Day is ophidiophobia: a fear of snakes.

  • New Words Added to the Dictionary Include SARS (2005-10-06): It's an exciting day for writers: the new edition of Merriam-Webster's dictionary is out.

  • Jumping the Couch (2005-08-30): It's time for a visit to the Urban Dictionary to check in on the new phrases being added to the lexicon.

  • Word of the Day: Mosh (2004-10-28): Perhaps you might have some vague memories of a college evening spent slam dancing in a mosh pit -- ok, that's so 80's, we know.

  • Word of the Day: Gravitas (2004-10-26): Another word that has been thrown around quite a bit during this election, and during the debates in particular, is the word gravitas.

  • Word of the Day: Wonkfest (2004-10-22): During this election season, a few words and phrases have been repeated so many times that they have become emblematic of this race.