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  1. african elephant

    Learn The Elephant Words You’ll Never Forget (And Help WWF Save A Pachyderm Or Two)

    They say an elephant never forgets. In more than 60 years, the world’s leading conservation organization—World Wildlife Fund (WWF)— has never forgotten the elephant. This year is no different. In honor of World Elephant Day on August 12, Dictionary.com has teamed up with WWF to go behind the scenes and help you learn some new words relating to this type of pachyderm (a fun word …

  2. Is There A Difference Between East Coast And West Coast Slang?

    Is there a difference between east coast slang and west coast slang? The short answer: yes. Take a look.
  3. What Are 7 Words To Describe The Silent Generation?

    The Silent Generation is the generation born between 1925–1945. Here are the words they think describe their generation.
  4. “Hispanic” vs. “Latino”: When To Use Each Term

    by Alyssa Pereira From boxes on census forms to drop-down menus on job applications, we often see Hispanic and Latino positioned side by side, seemingly as interchangeable terms to describe the race and heritage of a population that makes up nearly 20% of the United States. It’s easy to see why these two words are so often conflated and frequently confused. But Hispanic and Latino …

  5. What Is Accent Prestige Theory?

    No accent is more correct than another.?And, here’s the irony. None of us talk the same way all the time. So why do we think some accents sound better than others?
  6. “Race” vs. “Ethnicity”: Why These Terms Are So Complex

    by Alyssa Pereira Historic protests against racial inequality. National debates over offensive names of sports team names and conflicts over the place of Confederate monuments in our culture. Arguments about border walls, language barriers—rising tensions over immigration despite an increasingly diverse populace. In this cultural moment, the concepts of race and ethnicity have never been more important to grasp. They’ve also never been so complicated …

  7. Words That The Internet Has Changed

    Have you ever found yourself scrolling through social media, confused by all of the new slang out there. Well we asked all of you to tell us about the words you've seen change in meaning on social media.
  8. What Are All Of The Different Ways To Pluralize “You”?

    What's up you guys?! Or wait, should it be what's up y'all? Let's break down all of the ways you can address the plural you.
  9. Absentee Ballot vs. Mail-In Ballot: Is There A Difference?

    As if the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t already challenging enough, the US will be holding a general election in the midst of it. Many people are rightfully concerned that traditional, in-person voting could spread COVID-19, and so some states are changing (or considering changing) their voting rules to make it easier for eligible people to vote by mail. Voting by mail can be done by what’s …

  10. How Would You Describe Millennials In One Word?

    Millennials were born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s to early 2000s. We asked 4 people from that generation to describe millennials in one word.