Dr. Suess came up with the word "nerd" in 1950 in his book If I Ran the Zoo. In this video for Storied, Dr. Erica Brozovsky looks at words created by authors, including "pandemonium" (John Milton), "freelancer" (Sir Walter Scott), "chortle" (Lewis Carroll), "quark" (James Joyce), "robot" (Karel Capek), and "meme" (Richard Dawkins).
"Gaslighting" is Merriam-Webster dictionary's 2022 word of the year. A driver of disorientation and mistrust, gaslighting is "the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one's own advantage." 2022 saw a 1740% increase in lookups for gaslighting, with high interest throughout the year. Its origins are colorful: the term comes from the title… READ THE REST
Enter up to 5 words on Portmanteaur.com, and see how each one will pair with another from your entry. I entered: bubbles, jelly, cat, flower, and booger. The website gave me 315 word combinations, including flobbles, jellcat, flowerly and boogerly. While it's great fun to see what words you can make just for the heck… READ THE REST
Did you know that "monger" means trader (fish monger, iron monger, cheese monger) and there's little explanation for why monger drifted into the pejorative (war monger, gossip monger, etc). Did you know that grocer goes all the way back to ancient Rome and refers to someone who sells in bulk, i.e. by the gross? Oh,… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. There's nothing more nerve-wracking than wondering if the holiday gifts you ordered will arrive on time. Unfortunately, on-time delivery is hardly promised this season, except during our Last Chance Shipping Sale.… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. It's time for some holiday shopping, and if you're not doing it online, you'll be, well, in line. Since there aren't many folks who find hanging out at big box stores… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Tablets sit in an interesting segment. Larger than a smartphone but more portable than a laptop, they offer plenty of power for day-to-day tasks without consuming too much bag room. So if… READ THE REST