Word of the Year: Behind the Scenes

How did the Merriam-Webster Dictionary choose surreal as their Word of the Year for 2016? Peter Sokolowski explains the data behind their decisions, and what that tells us about what people were thinking this year. Surreal is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year because it was looked up significantly more frequently by users in 2016 than […]

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The Sideways dictionary

The Sideways dictionary is like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to explain technology. Because if everyone understands technology better, we can make technology work better for everyone. Video: How to write an analogy: Simplifying complicated technology concepts with Sideways Dictionary Sideways […]

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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to an emotion we all feel but don’t have a word for. Videos Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows Sonder sonder /SAHN-der/ n. the realization that each […]

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