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Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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Joined on December 15, 2009

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The 'cord' that means "string" comes from the Latin 'chorda.' The 'chord' that means "a collection of notes" is an alteration of the Middle English 'cord.' Glad we could set that straight.

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'Madam' is used "as a title formerly with the given name but now with the surname or especially with a designation of rank or office." 'Madame' is used "as a title equivalent to Mrs. for a married woman not of English-speaking nationality."

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We got to work (on the history of 'shutdown').

Bazaar/bizarre Petrel/petrol Colonel/kernel A journey beyond the one-syllable homophone:

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'Weight': a noun that moonlights as a verb

Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'farouche' https://s.m-w.com/2UbH4Qj 

Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'farouche' https://s.m-w.com/2UbH4Qj 

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English is ridiculous. Case in point: the many meanings of 'tip' Today, our friend @ISMOcomedy looks at how even the shortest words in the language can be full of mystery:

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On fabricators, pseudologists, and prevaricators:

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Take a look! (It's in a book.)

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'Tip': only three letters long, but surprisingly complex Our team-up with @ISMOcomedy continues today as he attempts to navigate all the ways this simple word can mean completely different things:

Don't talk to us until we've had our usage notes.

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'nomothetic' https://s.m-w.com/2APShgf 

Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'nomothetic' https://s.m-w.com/2APShgf 

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'Debt' is derived ultimately from the Old French 'dette' or 'dete.' The 'b' only came in when scholars decided it should look more like Latin.

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Oh, you like books? Name five of your favorite terms for their specific elements.

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Why, exactly, is it spelled 'one' but pronounced like 'won'? And what's up with 'two' anyway? We teamed up with the hilarious @ISMOcomedy to try to sort out the weirdness of some of English's simplest words. Watch the first one here! https://www.merriam-webster.com/video/ismo-comedy-one-won …

I did a video for @MerriamWebster - yes, the dictionary. One-derful!

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Today's #WordOfTheDay: 'liaison' Learn all about it in our new series with @TIME:

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A local hat gallery for #NationalHatDay:

A letter came into the office making reference to this short essay, used in a large print special edition of one of our dictionaries. It's from 2012 and I had totally forgotten about it, but it holds up fine as a general introduction.

A letter came into the office making reference to this short essay, used in a large print special edition of one of our dictionaries. It's from 2012 and I had totally forgotten about it, but it holds up fine as a general introduction.

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'Synecdoche': when a part of something is used to refer to the whole - "nice threads," "new wheels" 'Metonymy': when something is used to represent something related to it - “a bunch of suits were in the elevator,” "the power of the crown"

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