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EXPLAINER: After acquittal, Trump 2024? Maybe not so fast

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump's acquittal by the Senate in his impeachment trial may not be the end of the line for efforts to keep him from seeking the presidency again. ...

Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege

NEW YORK (AP) — At first, viewed from a distance, it was a rally or protest. Then it became an assault, a riot, an insurrection, domestic terrorism or even a coup attempt. The language used by the Ame...

'Pandemic' chosen as Word of the Year

The 2020 prize for Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year went to an obvious choice: pandemic. The term had the most online dictionary lookups of any word, Merriam-Webster said on its website, af...

Dictionary companies choose same word of the year: pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — In the land of lexicography, out of the whole of the English language, 2020's word of the year is a vocabulary of one. For the first time, two dictionary companies on...

Dictionary.com picks 'pandemic' as its 2020 word of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — On Dec. 31, China reported a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin to the World Health Organization. By Jan. 31, WHO declared an outbreak of a novel coronavirus a global health ...

Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word o...

China propagandist confused about Taiwan independence

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — American YouTuber Nathan Rich, who goes by the handle "Hot Pot King" (火鍋大王), has released another video in which he does his master's bidding and erroneously...

Golfers, give thanks! How Winged Foot gifted us the mulligan

Massacre. Mickelson. Mulligan. To recite the history of Winged Foot is to parade through a veritable vocabulary list of mishaps and misreads — a mashup of bad things that happen to g...

Chief on the mic: 50 years later, Stram still shines on film

MIAMI (AP) — “Matriculate: To enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university.” To football fans, though, the Merriam-Webster entry falls far short of explain...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT HOUSE DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO DO Unveil two articles of impeachment ag...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Is Ginsburg using words carefully?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been another taxing term for reporters who try to forecast the outcome of high-profile Supreme Court cases. Many of us wrote that based on arguments in late Ap...

At the spelling bee, the most common sound is the toughest

WASHINGTON (AP) — The word that knocked runner-up Naysa Modi out of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee was "Bewusstseinslage" — one of those flashy, impossible-sounding German-derived words tha...

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON (AP) — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and maybe you'll have a better chance of surviving the omnicide. Translation: Hit the gym and bulk up, put a bunch of st...

Top of mind: 'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year. Editor at large Peter Sokolowski said ahead of Monday's announcement the word experienced specific ...

Score! Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play

NEW YORK (AP) — Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few. Merriam-Webster rel...