We looked inside some of the tweets by @MerriamWebster and here's what we found interesting.
Inside 100 Tweets
Rankings (sorted by number of followers)
17. in category Books
695. in category Entertainment
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For a number of reasons and meanings, ‘justice’ was on the minds of many in 2018. ‘Justice’ is our 2018 #WordOfTheYear.
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.
'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."
We got to work (on the history of 'shutdown').
Bazaar/bizarre Petrel/petrol Colonel/kernel A journey beyond the one-syllable homophone:
'Weight': a noun that moonlights as a verb
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:
On fabricators, pseudologists, and prevaricators:
Take a look! (It's in a book.)
'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.
'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.
Oh, you like books? Name five of your favorite terms for their specific elements.
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!
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.
'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"