Language is always evolving! Merriam-Webster announced that 520 new—or relatively new—words will be added to their dictionary for 2021. Hard pass, gig worker, and wet market are some of the new words added in the latest update. And a few words, like flex, (or the...
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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2020 is pandemic—and we’re not surprised! In an article Writer’s Relief found on Merriam-Webster.com, we learned the yearly selection is based on a statistical analysis of the words looked up in the online dictionary. By early...
An international team of linguists working with Merriam-Webster found that words derived from the classical languages give spelling bee contestants the most difficulty. Many scientific, medical, and legal terms have roots in Greek and Latin languages. In this article...
Last year, lexicographers added new words to their dictionaries, like bingewatch, jumbotron, and more (just kidding, more was already in there). Did you ever wonder which words were new the year you were born? Then you’re in luck! Writer’s Relief has discovered the...
Today, Kory Stamper is here with us from Merriam-Webster Inc. to give us a little peek into the life of a lexicographer. Merriam-Webster has been teaching us how to spell correctly (and use the right word at the right time) since 1828! CONTEST: Leave a comment below...
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