home > topics > words

Here you will find our coverage of new trending words, words added to the dictionary, words of the year and more.

  • Quid Pro Quo, Snitty Among Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year (2019-12-10): Merriam-Webster has released its 2019 Words of the Year and the Word of the Year. Several of them are related to Trump political scandals.

  • How Many Words is That? (2018-04-16): Find out word counts for different types of writing from tweets to novels including short stories, fiction, novels and more.

  • 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.

  • Sean Spicer Tells Reporters Covfefe Tweet Was Not a Mistake (2017-05-31): Sean Spicer told reports that the covfefe tweet was not a mistake. The reporters burst out laughing upon hearing this.

  • Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (2016-11-21): Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

  • Vape is the Word of the Year (2014-11-21): The Oxford Dictionaries have named vape as the word of the year. It beat out slacktivism and normcore.

  • Oxford Dictionaries Names Selfie the Word of the Year (2013-11-19): Selfie is the new word of the year, according to The Oxford Dictionaries.

  • 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.

  • Bucket List, Gastropub, Earworm, Mash-up Among Merriam-Webster's New Words for 2012 (2012-08-15): Merriam-Webster has released its list of new words being added to the 2012 update of Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

  • American Dialect Society Names Occupy the 2011 Word of the Year (2012-01-08): The American Dialect Society voted "occupy" as the word of the year for 2011.

  • The 2012 List of Banished Words and Phrases (2011-12-30): Lake Superior State University has released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.

  • Concise Oxford English Dictionary Adds Retweet, Textspeak (2011-08-19): The new edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary includes words like retweet and textspeak.

  • 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.

  • Google Named Word of Decade. Tweet Named Word of the Year (2010-01-11): The Washington Post reports that the word "tweet" has been named the word of the year and "Google" has been named the word of the decade by the American Dialect Society.

  • 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.

  • English Language Will Soon Contain Over 1 Million Words (2009-01-05): Writers have plenty of words to choose from.

  • Bailout is Merriam-Webster's Word for 2008 (2008-12-06): Bailout is Merriam-Webster's word for 2008.

  • Create Word Clouds With TagCloud or Wordle (2008-08-08): Fun tools called Wordle and TagCrowd allow you to create a word cloud for any text document you provide.

  • American Dialect Society Names Subprime 2007's Word of the Year (2008-01-23): The BBC reports that "Subprime" has been voted the word of the year for 2007 by linguists of the American Dialect Society.

  • Word of the Year: w00t (2008-01-08): Merriam-Webster has named its 2007 words of the year.