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Sean Spicer, Oscar Munoz and How to Bungle a Public Apology
Saying "I'm sorry" shouldn't be so hardBy Jeffrey Kluger April 12, 2017
United Airlines 'Reaccommodated' a Passenger. Is That the Euphemism of the Year?
Language experts who take part in an annual vote have already shortlisted the verb used by the United Airlines CEOBy Katy Steinmetz April 11, 2017
Dictionary.com Adds 'Alt-Right,' 'Slay' and 'Black Lives Matter'
English speakers are the words they useBy Katy Steinmetz March 30, 2017
A College Degree Could Cost $500,000
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute March 21, 2017
People Are Searching for 'Gravamen' after FBI Director James Comey Uses the Word to Describe Watergate
During his testimony before the House Intelligence CommitteeBy Katy Steinmetz March 20, 2017
America May Miss Out on the Next Industrial Revolution
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute March 17, 2017
Oxford Dictionary Proves It's Totally With It By Adding 'Squad Goals,' 'Yas' and 'Drunk Text'
Don't forget "cat lady" and "fitspo"By Megan McCluskey February 24, 2017
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Adds Throw Shade, Ghost and Truther
More than 1,000 words were added in this latest updateBy Katy Steinmetz February 7, 2017
'Dumpster Fire' Is the American Dialect Society's 2016 Word of the Year
Defined as “an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation”By Katy Steinmetz January 7, 2017
These Are the 12 Most Mispronounced Words of 2016
And how to say them correctlyBy Melissa Chan December 21, 2016
And Merriam Webster's Word of the Year for 2016 Is...
It's a word English speakers habitually turn to in unbelievable timesBy Katy Steinmetz December 19, 2016
Swearing Is Scientifically Proven to Help You *%$!ing Deal
The budding science of profanity shows just how potent it may beBy Katy Steinmetz December 15, 2016
The Difference Between Racial Bias and White Supremacy
‘The rhetorical brush is being applied much too broadly’By John McWhorter November 29, 2016
Dictionary.com's 2016 Word of the Year Is Xenophobia
This was a year that continually brought us back to fears about the "other," the editors sayBy Katy Steinmetz November 28, 2016
Oxford's Word of the Year for 2016 Is 'Post-Truth'
It describes a situation in which feelings trump factsBy Katy Steinmetz November 15, 2016
The Media Should Stop Reporting on Polls
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute November 11, 2016
This Is the Radar System That Could Bring Us Flying Cars
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute November 9, 2016
What the Words Used to Describe Clinton and Trump Supporters Really Mean
An Oxford analysis reveals adjectives closely associated with those groupsBy Katy Steinmetz November 8, 2016
What It's Like Inside the World's First Emoji Convention 😜
Where debates over the future of language intertwine with poo emoji pillowsBy Katy Steinmetz / San Francisco November 6, 2016
The Complicated History Behind California's Vote on Bilingual Education
The question of whether immigrants to the U.S. should speak English is an old oneBy Lily Rothman November 2, 2016
Why 'LGBTQ' Will Replace 'LGBT'
It's here, it's for 'queer,' and media outlets should get used to itBy Katy Steinmetz October 26, 2016
How the 2016 Election Has Improved Our Vocabularies
People have been looking up vocabulary words during debates and other campaign eventsBy Katy Steinmetz October 19, 2016
The Biggest Slang Dictionary Ever Just Went Online
It's corking good stuff.By Katy Steinmetz October 16, 2016
Why the U.N. Will Launch a Space Program
1. Why the United Nations will launch a space program. By Daniel Oberhaus in Motherboard 2. Speaking multiple dialects — code-switching — might make you smarter. By Michael Erard in Aeon 3. Look out middle...By The Aspen Institute September 29, 2016
Why Technology Has Not Killed the Period. Period.
A new study finds that the period serves important functions in the very text messages that are supposed to spell its demiseBy Katy Steinmetz September 24, 2016
It's or Its? Celebrate National Punctuation Day With Our Apostrophe Challenge
Can you find all the missing apostrophes?By Chris Wilson September 23, 2016
Quiz: Do You Know What These Made-Up Roald Dahl Words Mean?
On the 100th anniversary of the author's birth, TIME puts your Dahl-knowledge to the testBy Katy Steinmetz September 12, 2016
'Merica, Gender-Fluid, and YOLO Added to OED
Hundreds of entries go live on MondayBy Katy Steinmetz September 12, 2016
One Way to Reduce Crime: Raise Wages
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute September 2, 2016
Trump's Comments Make Dictionary Lookups for 'Treason' Spike
Trump, and the reactions people have had to Trump, have sent people running to the dictionary all electionBy Katy Steinmetz July 27, 2016
The Serious History Behind Esperanto
The first Esperanto textbook was published on July 26, 1887, by its inventor L.L. ZamenhofBy Olivia B. Waxman July 26, 2016
The Wartime Deaths That Led to the Invention of Braille
Louis Braille’s tactile reading system made literacy for the blind a reality, but he was indebted to an officer in Napoleon’s armyBy Stephen Bertman / History Today July 20, 2016
The Surprising History Behind the Word Pokémon
Dictionary.com added a definition for the word on July 19By Katy Steinmetz July 19, 2016
Dictionary.com Adds 'Woke,' 'Pokemon' and 'Butthurt'
Many of the latest additions reflect our current obsessions with identity, technology and food-eatingBy Katy Steinmetz July 19, 2016
Why Donald Trump Is Smart to Swear
Cursing can make candidates more believableBy Melissa Mohr June 28, 2016
This Is Where the Word 'Dad' Comes From
A history lesson that should make good brunch fodder this Father's DayBy Katy Steinmetz June 18, 2016
Quiz: Could You Be a National Spelling Bee Champion?
Find out if you have what it takesBy Chris Wilson May 25, 2016
How Fluent Are You in Silicon Valley Slang?
A tool to help determine if you're the audience for Valley Speak, a new book intent on breaking down Silicon Valley jargonBy Katy Steinmetz May 10, 2016
Stop Policing the N-Word
There’s a difference between the slur and the sign of affectionBy John McWhorter May 3, 2016
Merriam-Webster Adds 'FOMO,' 'Mx.' and About 2,000 Other Words
'Trigger warning,' 'hella' and 'athleisure' also made the listBy Katy Steinmetz April 20, 2016
5 Words You Use All the Time That Were Once Totally Unacceptable
Like bring-tears-to-an-English-teacher's-eye unacceptableBy Katy Steinmetz April 14, 2016
Why Computers Won't End the Language Barrier
These are today's best ideasBy The Aspen Institute March 29, 2016
The Word 'O.K.' Has Just Celebrated Its 177th Birthday
Here's how a newspaper rivalry inspired one of the most common words in EnglishBy Julia Zorthian March 24, 2016
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