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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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Joined December 2009

Litotes - "Hey, not bad!" Chiasmus - “Working hard, or hardly working?” Hyperbaton - “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/fancy-words-rhetoric/

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Het up Orey-eyed Umbrageous Words for those who are a little hot under the collar: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/words-for-getting-angry-upset/

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If you feel 'stress,' you're under strain or pressure. If you feel 'duress,' you're being coerced by threat. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/when-to-use-duress

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'Volatile' originally meant "able to fly." It later took on "flighty" connotations and eventually became “unpredictable” or “subject to rapid or unexpected change.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/volatile-volatility-meanings-for-a-stable-word-history

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'Cherry pit': an old game consisting of throwing cherrystones into a small hole in the ground May your weekend be slightly more eventful. https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/forgotten-games-what-we-did-before-the-internet/cherry-pit

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Dictionaries make up words endorse the concepts described by the words they enter describe and document the way language is used and the way it evolves

The week in words, featuring a matriculated football, a perfect call, Oscar snubs, and more: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-words-of-the-week-january-17-2020

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Here's your #ThesaurusDay/Saturday prompt: See how far/weird you can get synonym-hopping from here in five clicks. https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sleepy

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Before it became associated with medicine, 'placebo' had a long history of meaning "flatterer" or "to flatter." https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/placebo-word-origin

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