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So Apparently the Word ‘Amazeballs’ Is in the Dictionary?

I was writing the rough draft for an article I was working on and could not, for the life of me, think of an appropriate word for the feeling I was trying to elicit. I used ‘amazeballs’ as a placeholder and, to my surprise, it did not render as incorrect in my typing program. I was super shocked for about two seconds. That is, until I realized that bootylicious was also added to the dictionary after Destiny’s Child made it a thing.



Still, I thought maybe my laptop was malfunctioning or something. So I did what any inquisitive person in 2018 would do and turned to Google. I found that Oxford Dictionary added it, along with ‘YOLO,’ ‘mansplain,’ and other charming new vocab around 2014. The same article I found reporting on this malarkey went on to state that these types of words are not yet accepted by scrabble so we should not get too excited. Upon further research I found ‘bootylicious’ has not been accepted either.


It seems only Oxford Dictionary is jumping on the bandwagon to add ridic slang to its collection, as other dictionaries, such as Mirriam-Webster, haven’t added any of them. Maybe Oxford is just looking out for the future generations… Or, it’s full of aliens from a distant star who need to be caught up on the latest pop argot in order to blend in.



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Whatever the reason, I am not sure what to feel about this. It may be because I am never really caught up on the latest hip lingo (which is completely my fault) that I feel weirdly uncomfortable about it. I can hear it now, “Get with the times!” I know, I know. I am trying.


Oxford Dictionary, you are the main dictionary. I guess I accept your choices.


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A Word Invented by ‘The Simpsons’ Added to US Dictionary 22 Years Later

‘Embiggen,’ a word which debuted on an episode of cartoon The Simpsons in 1996, has been officially added to the US Dictionary. Isn’t that nice. 


In a sweep of 850 new words, Merriam-Webster has announced that ’embiggen’ has been added to the dictionary. The word, though first appearing in The Simpsons, has been made popular by the show Ms. Marvel, and means to “make bigger or more expansive.” Ms. Marvel has the power to ’embiggen’ herself.


The motto of the town in which the Simpson family reside, Springfield, is “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.”




The creators of Ms. Marvel are thrilled with the news.



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12 Obscure Verbs You’ve Never Heard of

The sheer amount of verbs out there will discombobulate you, if you stop and cogitate. Seriously, cogitate for a moment with me about all the words in the English language that nobody uses. Maybe they’re archaic or obsolete or slang, but they still mean the thing they’re meant to mean.


I wondered then what obscure verbs are out there that we often overlook. I’ve done some digging, and I’ve uncovered twelve. I think you’ll enjoy them, and you may even find room in your daily life to revivify these misunderstood verbs! All definitions courtesy of Wiktionary.


1. BibbleTo eat and/or drink noisily


2. ImpignorateTo pledge or pawn


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3. ObambulateTo walk about, to wander aimlessly


4. AbsquatulateTo leave quickly or in a hurry


5. Disembogue To come out into the open sea from a river


6. DetergeTo clean of undesirable material


7. EnsorcellTo bewitch or enchant someone




8. Obnubilate To obscure, to shadow


9. SuccussTo shake with vigor


10. Prevaricate – To deviate, transgress


11. BlinTo cease from


12. GrokTo understand intuitively




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Japanese Artisan Beautifully Restores 100-Year-Old Japanese-English Dictionary

Japan is a country roughly the size of California, and is home to a staggering 127 million inhabitants. It is a country that prides itself on its workable juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, and simply refuses to lose its cultural identity among the din of smartphones and bullet trains.


The literacy rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world, at almost 100%. It has its rigorous education system to thank for that. There are actually four different writing systems found in this country—Romanji (a Romanized spelling used to translate Japanese), Katakana (foreign words and names, loanwords, and scientific names), Hitagana (used with Kanji for native Japanese words and grammar), and Kanji, which are adopted Chinese characters.



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The following images show how Japanese artist Nobuo Okano masterfully restores a tattered 1,000 page dictionary to near-mint condition. Okano is an artisan who specializes in old books and featured on an episode of Shuri, Bakaseru, which translates in English to The Fascinating Craftsman. Okano mends an English-Japanese dictionary and brings it back to life page-by-page with great expertise and care. With a history of its own, this dictionary served its owner since his junior high days through his adult life. Now that his daughter is about to go to college, it’s time for the book to be passed down to the next generation.






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Book mending


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Here’s how the restoration works:


Old glue is cleaned from the book’s spine and images of maps are repaired inside. The most tedious step is when Okano unfolds hundreds of bent page corners with a tweezer and individually irons each page until flat.


The tips of the pages that were stained with purple ink are trimmed with a guillotine paper cutter.


The final step involves constructing a new cover by salvaging the original title and embellishing it on new leather. 


The artisan book mender himself

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This is some fascinating craftsmanship for sure, and the end of the episode saw the father and daughter happy in their exchange. Hope she dosn’t lose this one!


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Visuwords: The Dictionary of the Future

Do you like to play ‘Associate’ with your friends? Are you some kind of wordsmith or something? Then the language lover in you will love this website we just found.



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Visuwords is a modern visual dictionary, thesaurus and interactive lexicon for a modern world that represents language visually. Pretttttty cool. Whether English is your first language or your second or third, this word generator helps you browse language in a new way. With each word you search, you are shown its meaning and its potential associated words. You have the option to combine two words together to group together concepts, and learn a whole lot about the etymology of the word itself. This is what searching the word “Dog” gives us:



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This is a great idea for those who want to not only expand their vocabulary, but to come to a deeper understanding of the English language as a whole. Yay technology!


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