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What word did Earl the Grumpy Puppy cause to spike in lookups?

This week, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charles Darwin, and the internet’s new favorite canine curmudgeon caused spikes in lookups on Dictionary.com. bravura: daring; brilliant; spirited. The release of Southpaw, a drama about a boxer who loses his wife in a tragic accident and struggles to get his life back in order, has critics raving about the performances [...]

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The Problem with Awesome

Many words have been wasted on the subject of when adulthood starts. Some hold that it comes about with the right to drink alcoholic beverages or vote in an election. For particularly stringent grammarians of a certain generation, the rite of passage that marks the official start of adulthood is the point at which one [...]

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