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    • Did You Know How This Word Was Formed?
      Words are funny things. For one thing, they are always changing. Consider lit, which, conventionally, refers to “lighting something up, e.g., a lit candle.” But, in slang, lit means something is “excellent.” It’s hot, it’s on fire—which are just more examples of how we play with words. For another, they keep secret stories of the past. Did you know daisy lit […]
    • These Words Can Be Real Debbie Downers
      The post These Words Can Be Real Debbie Downers appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.
    • Is An “Equinox” The Same As A “Solstice”?
      For centuries, humans have used different markers to note the changing seasons. The harvest moon has popularly been used to announce the fall, just as Groundhog Day tells us whether or not spring is on schedule. But, seasonal change owes much more to the equinox and the solstice than to groundhogs. What is an equinox? First, because we’re a dictionary and al […]