The end of the year is a good time to celebrate the words that represent the past 12 months. Here’s our breakdown of 2022’s words of the year.
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Blessings and Well Wishes
When someone sneezes, an overwhelming majority of people wish them a blessing from their god. Why is that?
Word Story: Bludgeon
A “bludgeon” is defined as “a heavy, short club that is thicker at one end or is weighted at one end.” It’s a good alternative for “club.”
Word Story: Prevaricate
Though it can be conflated with “procrastinate,” the verb “prevaricate” means “to speak or act evasively; to avoid telling the truth; to lie.”
A Word for the Digital World
A cacophony is “a collection of loud, harsh sounds heard all at once.” It’s disharmony. Discord. Dissonance. Noise.
Word Story: Adverse Reactions
“Adverse” usually pairs with “effects,” “reactions,” or “impact.” But do you know what Chaucer first paired it with?
Testament vs. Testimony: It’s All Relative
Testimony and testament are similar words that, for many writers, can be easy to confuse. There is a clear difference between them, however.
Word Story: Fulsome
“Fulsome” has a long, complicated history. Do its three competing definitions mean you shouldn’t use it? Read this word story to find out.