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This list of every ‘Word of the Year’ is like taking a trip through time

Every year since 1990, the American Dialect Society holds "the Super Bowl of linguistics" — to crown the word that defined the year.
One of President Donald Trump's most controversial policies gave way to 2018's word of the year.

2018’s ‘Word of the Year’ comes from one of the most tumultuous periods in Trump’s presidency

The American Dialect Society named "tender-age shelter" the 2018 "Word of the Year."
How do you pronounce "merry?"

57% of Americans pronounce ‘merry,’ ‘marry,’ and ‘Mary’ the same, and it highlights a fascinating quirk of the Eng...

You're probably going to hear the phrase "merry Christmas" a lot over the next few days. But it might not always sound the same.

Facebook’s secretive hardware group made an armband that lets you ‘hear’ through your skin. It’s a key part of the companyR...

Researchers from Facebook's clandestine Building 8 — which aims to create the world's first brain-machine interfaces — created an armband that transforms words into understandable vibrations.

‘Soda,’ ‘pop,’ or ‘coke’: More than 400,000 Americans weighed in, and a map of their answers is exactly what you&#...

Americans have different words for soft drink depending on which region of the United States they're from. The three most popular terms are soda, pop, and coke, according to data collected by the site Pop Vs. Soda.
September 11 changed the way Americans talk about terrorist attacks.

The surprising effect 9/11 had on the English language

The phrase "9/11" caught the attention of linguists and changed the way we talk about terrorist attacks. Linguists have noted how the name people assigned to the attacks, "9/11," is now a blueprint for naming other terrorist incidents around the world.
Movies from "Clueless" to "Star Wars" have helped popularize common words and phrases we use today.

9 common words you probably didn’t know came from movies

Movies like "Star Wars," "Ghostbusters," and "Clueless" are celebrated as classics. They also have made some lasting contributions to our vocabularies — sometimes in ways we don't even realize.
What do you call this glowing insect — a firefly or a lightning bug?

Some Americans say ‘firefly’ while others say ‘lightning bug,’ and a series of maps highlights an interesting theory why

In the United States, glowing insects are known as "fireflies" or "lightning bugs" depending on where you live. There's an interesting theory to explain why the two competing terms emerged, and it has to do with the natural surroundings of the two regions.
Minorities are discriminated by the sound of their voice, as a black telemarketer learns in "Sorry to Bother You."

‘Sorry to Bother You’ is right — minorities are judged by the sound of their voice, and there’s science to prove it

In the new film "Sorry to Bother You," a black telemarketer finds success only after he starts speaking in a "white voice." The movie is rooted in science — linguists have long known that minorities face discrimination based on the sound of their voice.
Southerners say things differently from everyone else, especially in what words they use.

8 things Southerners say that the rest of the US just doesn’t understand

There are a few things Southerners say differently than the rest of the US, in one of the most famous dialects.