Language & Words

Mental Floss

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14 Ways of Saying “Drunk” Across the United States, March 31, 2017

10 Pointy Pieces of Slayer Slang from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, March 10, 2017

14 Terms of Affection from Across the U.S., February 14, 2017

13 Ways to Say You’re ‘Mad as Hell’ Across the U.S., February 7, 2017

11 Idioms for ‘Exhausted’ Across the United States, January 20, 2017

8 Old-Timey Ways to Say ‘No Way,’ January 4, 2017

9 Ways of Saying ‘Stupid’ Across the United States, December 8, 2016

18 Spooky Halloween Sayings From Around the U.S., October 13, 2016

16 Buggy Ways to Say ‘Mosquito,’ August 18, 2016

17 Scrumptious Ice Cream Idioms from All Over the U.S., July 17, 2016

13 Regional Insults to Offend People Across the U.S., June 6, 2016

9 Common Words That Come From Railroad Lingo, May 13, 2016

17 Secret Slang Terms Your Doctor Might Be Using, March 29, 2016

The Hidden Meanings Behind 11 Prison Tattoos, February 26, 2016

The Origins of 9 Gab-Worthy ‘Gilmore Girls’ Terms, October 22, 2015

11 Wonderful Words from ‘Willy Wonka’, September 13, 2015

12 Timey-Wimey Terms from ‘Doctor Who’, August 8, 2015

15 Phat Pieces of ‘Clueless’ Slang, July 19, 2015

The Clone Words: 15 Fascinating Terms from ‘Orphan Black’, June 20, 2015

The 10 Swingingest ‘Austin Powers’ Slang Terms, May 2, 2015

TV’s 10 Best Swear Words, April 14, 2015

12 ‘X-Files’ Terms and the Truth Behind Them, March 31, 2015

13 Ways of Saying ‘Zombie’ on ‘The Walking Dead,’ March 30, 2015

8 Slang Terms from ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Decoded, March 24, 2015

5 Fascinating Facts about Girl Scout Cookie Names, March 19, 2015

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Salon

Our Favorite Bits of 1920s Slang, May 9, 2013

The Week

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7 history-rich insights into train terminology, April 13, 2016

The true origin stories of 11 memorable presidential words, March 14, 2016

A brief history of lavatory language, September 30, 2015

10 words coined by Herman Melville, August 18, 2015

‘Blackout’ and 9 other great words invented by George Bernard Shaw, August 5, 2015

10 Terms coined by Ernest Hemingway, August 2, 2015

Them’s Bullfighting Words, March 25, 2015

Wocka wocka! Deconstructing the fascinating lingo of the Muppets, March 3, 2015

8 words coined and popularized by Jonathan Swift, November 30, 2015

8 delightfully strange beard and mustache words, November 12, 2014

Our Favorite Words from Mad Men, Season 7, May 29, 2014

Belfie, drelfie, helfie, and more variations on selfie, May 19, 2014

10 of our favorite phrases that come from horse racing, May 17, 2014

Our Favorite ‘Heathers’ Slang, April 8, 2014

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Wordnik

Selected posts

18 Linguistic (And Literal) Animal Blends, February 21, 2017

The Year of the Rooster words, January 25, 2017

A close look at some “cozy” words, December 12, 2016

A ‘Basket of Deplorables’: Exploring the origins, September 11, 2016

The language of roller coasters, August 2, 2016

Coffee Talk: Regional Idioms to Describe Coffee, May 19, 2016

Wordnik’s Most Favorited Words (So Far), April 12, 2016

8 Old-Timey Words for ‘Doctor’, March 29, 2016

10 Ultra-Violent Slang Terms from ‘A Clockwork Orange’, February 25, 2016

10 Splendid Words About Snow, December 15, 2015

A Brief History of Cotton Candy Names, December 7, 2015

The Language of Origami, November 11, 2015

The Rime of a Romantic Poet: 10 Words Coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, October 21, 2015

How to Celebrate Dictionary Day, October 16, 2015

8 Great Walter Scott Words, August 15, 2015

10 Fantastic Fog Words, June 8, 2015

5 Cherry Blossom Terms, Translated, April 13, 2015

The Language of Taste, March 31, 2015

12 Wonderful Words from TED, March 16, 2015

Like billy-o! Our Favorite Words of Downton Abbey, Season 5, February 23, 2015

The Best of Jon Stewart Words, February 12, 2015

The Language of Convenience Stores, January 27, 2015

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