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What word did Katy Perry cause to spike in lookups?

Katy Perry’s tweet regarding Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, controversies surrounding presidential hopeful Donald Trump, and an upcoming film starring Leonardo DiCaprio caused terms to spike this week on Dictionary.com. revenant: a person who returns, especially as a spirit after death; ghost. The trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest sprawling epic, The Revenant, had people looking [...]

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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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