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Which presidential hopeful caused “neophyte” to trend?

This week’s trending words touch on the race to the White House, a political controversy sparked by a legendary muckraker, and Mother’s Day. nurturing: characterized by supportive and encouraging behavior; nourishing. matriarch: the female head of a family or tribal line. unconditionally: not limited by circumstances; absolutely. role model: a person whose behavior, example, or [...]

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You Didn’t Invent That: Shakespeare’s Spurious Neologisms

One of the most cherished beliefs of people who collect facts about English is that Shakespeare is the greatest linguistic inventor the language has ever seen. You cannot travel very far online before coming across some article or listicle asserting that he was responsible for giving birth to some exceedingly large portion of our vocabulary, [...]

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Democrats vs. Republicans: Which Came First?

Since Democrats and Republicans appear to have an inexhaustible appetite for enjoying political friction, it seems worth offering some insight on which label came first, in the hopes that each group can use it to browbeat the other. The short answer is that republican came first, but as with so many political issues, that does [...]

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