Language & Words

Mental Floss

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19 Old-Timey Ways to Call B.S., August 10, 2017
Hear the Interviews that Helped Build the Dictionary of American Regional English, August 9, 2017
12 Regional Idioms for ‘Highway Median Strip’, July 28, 2017
10 Pieces of Lying Lingo from Across the United States, July 19, 2017
14 Different Ways to Call Dibs Across the U.S., June 5, 2017
10 Everyday Words Star Wars Gave Us, May 4, 2017
15 Regional Words for Vomiting, April 12, 2017
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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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

Mutts, Mongrels, and Curs: 12 Regional Slang Terms, August 26, 2017
The language of sneakers, August 8, 2017
10 Common Words Named After People, July 12, 2017
The language of colors, June 27, 2017
Words from Walt Whitman: More Than Barbaric Yawps, May 31, 2017
8 Old-Timey Names for a Soft Drink, May 2, 2017
The Words of Washington Irving, April 3, 2017
The language of instant noodles, March 5, 2017
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
The Language of Convenience Stores, January 27, 2015

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