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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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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'effusive'

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'vulcanize'

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This week on Word Matters:

- why the 'lady' in 'ladybug'?
- the nuances of 'transmissible' vs. 'transmittable'
- a treatise on the relative benefits of keeping ladybugs in a New York City apartment

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What's in a name?

Sometimes, a quiz answer.

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I can’t say your worships have delivered the matter well, when I find the ass in compound with the major part of your syllables.
—Coriolanus, 2.1.58-60

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'servile'

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📈 'Impeach': to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office

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'Foment' is ultimately from the Latin 'fovēre,' meaning “to heat” or “to soothe.”

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📈 Top lookups, in order: insurrection, fascism, impeach, sedition, antifa, coup, capitol, justice, incite, treason

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On words that are the same, but different:

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'rapport'

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Cheeseparer
Quakebuttock
Bumblepuppist

When a noun and a verb meet to form something new:

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A dispatch from the Department of Redundancy Department:

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'pedantic'

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It's cold out there. Here are some words about joy.

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Buzz
Boom
Splash

Words that have moved way beyond onomatopoeia:

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The original, non-legal meaning of 'prosecute' is "follow to the end" or "pursue until finished."

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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'mimesis'

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'Hypercorrection': when you avoid one grammatical trap just to fall into another

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