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“Identity” Is Dictionary.com’s Word Of The Year

Dictionary.com has announced that its word of the year for 2015 is “identity,” which seems apt for a year in which gay marriage was legalized at the federal

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

“Cisgender” Is Now Defined In The Oxford English Dictionary

The O.E.D. has made cis people just another identity rather than the norm; the kidnapped Nigerian girls are being forced to fight for Boko Haram; find out the differences between…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Working Moms Are Good For Their Kids, Says Harvard Study

Plus, celebrate the life of artist Miriam Schapiro, who passed away this week.

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

“Cunt” Is Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

… along with cunting, cunted and cunty.  [TIME]
Check out Anita Hill on “The Daily Show” and make sure not to miss my interview with Freida Lee Mock,…

Jessica Wakeman |

All The Crazy ’90s Slang Express Wants You To Know

Mall retailer Express was really cutting edge in ’90s, so much so that it created a special “slang” guide for its employees, (presumably) so they could fluently converse with any…

Julie Gerstein |

Frisky Dictionary: Sexenschadenfreude

Sometimes there are no words for the way you are feeling, and you just have to come up with one instead. Usually, the Germans are my go-to people for words…

Julie Gerstein |

16 Words And Phrases We Want To Retire In 2010

It’s the end of the year and we’re sweeping out our closet — and that includes annoying words and phrases that we’re just so over. After the jump, we give…

Julie Gerstein |

Dictionaries Going The Way Of The Dinosaurs: Oxford Says No More Print Editions

Thanks in part to the ubiquitousness of computers, kids no longer know how to write in cursive — and soon they will also probably stop using actual books. The Oxford…

Julie Gerstein |

Jeggings Make Their Way Into the Dictionary, Really

As the hours of 2009 slip away, end-of-year lists are clogging up the internet, and everyone’s become nostalgic about the end of another decade. The year has seen some crazy

Bianca Posterli |

Are You A Procrasturbater?

In this week’s Savage Love column, a guy (for convenience, I’m assuming it was a dude, but it could have been a woman) wrote in saying he’d coined the clever…

Wendy Atterberry |

Merriam-Webster Adds ‘Frenemy,’ ‘Locavore,’ And ‘Staycation’ To The Dictionary

The kind editors over at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary have updated the tome, adding in about 100 new words. Some of the words that made the cut: frenemy, webisode, waterboarding, locavore,…

Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com |

Merriam-Webster Redefines Marriage

The dictionary has decided to be more inclusive than the US government. The definitive Merriam-Webster tome has redefined marriage as:”(1): the state of being united to a person of the…

Simcha |

The Daily Squeeze: “Meh,” Sexual Harassment, And A Call Girl’s Apology

“Meh” will be added to the Collins English Dictionary in next year’s 30th anniversary edition. [AP]
Employees who experienced workplace sexual harassment were found to have lower levels of job…

Catherine Strawn |

DicKtionary: A Guide To The Lingo Of DListed’s Michael K

Michael K, our favorite gossip blogger/gay-at-large, has his own lexicon. On his site, Dlisted, he coins turns of phrase even more legendary and outrageous than the crazy cast of characters…

Simcha |