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2018 Word of the Year : Behind the Scenes

2018 Word of the Year : Behind the Scenes

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is determined by our online dictionary look-up data. The word must show both high volume of traffic and show significant year-over-year increase in look-ups at merriam-webster.com. Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2018 is justice. Read more…


What is the origin of the word ‘hazard’?

What is the origin of the word ‘hazard’?

The word hazard, meaning a danger or risk, is taken from Old French, although the origin of the French word is uncertain. It could be of Arabic descent, from the Arabic az-zahr, meaning chance or luck, or from the Persian Read more…


How a dictionary writer defines English

How a dictionary writer defines English

When you spend all day in English and everything around you is words, you know, I imagine it’s like being a podiatrist where like the whole world is feet. My name is Kory Stamper. I’m an associate editor at Merriam Read more…