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Kory Stamper

Kory Stamper is a lexicographer and former associate editor for the Merriam-Webster family of dictionaries.


Merriam-Webster's definition is "an attractive but vacuous man".

Redshirt (college sports)

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According to Merriam-Webster and Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, the term redshirt comes from the red jersey commonly worn by such a player in practice scrimmages against the regulars.


Whatever its origins, it has seen occasional literary use since at least the time of Shakespeare, as the first use was in 1573, according to Merriam-Webster.


Budtender, a term recognized by Merriam-Webster as of March 2018, is a portmanteau that combines the word bartender and bud.

First World

In common usage, as per Merriam-Webster, "first world" now typically refers to "the highly developed industrialized nations often considered the westernized countries of the world".


According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term "exoenzyme" was first recognized in the English language in 1908.

Yoga as exercise

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Collins English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, and Oxford English Dictionary all provide two senses of 'yoga', differing in whether yoga as exercise comes before or after traditional yoga, the philosophy.


However, the Merriam-Webster website lists the word as eave and states that it is "usually used in plural".

Original English-language manga

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Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines the word manga as meaning "a Japanese comic or graphic novel", reflecting the change of the meaning this word has had once used outside Japan.


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Truthiness was named Word of the Year for 2005 by the American Dialect Society and for 2006 by Merriam-Webster.


Merriam-Webster date the earliest use of the term to 1831, and the Oxford English Dictionary notes that their record of the earliest usage of the term is located in a mid-19th-century publication called World of Fashion.


It was accidentally created, as a ghost word, by the staff of G. and C. Merriam Company (now part of Merriam-Webster) in the New International Dictionary, second edition (1934).

Interactive course

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Interactive, as defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, is "involving the actions or input of a user".

Snowflake (slang)

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According to Merriam-Webster, in the 2000s snowflake referred "mostly to millennials who were allegedly too convinced of their own status as special and unique people to be able (or bothered) to handle the normal trials and travails of regular adult life".

Prick (slang)

Merriam Webster offers "a spiteful or contemptible man often having some authority."

Orin Hargraves

His language reference works include Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English (Oxford University Press, 2002), Slang Rules!: A Practical Guide for English Learners (Merriam-Webster, 2008), and (with Willard Espy) Words to Rhyme With: A Rhyming Dictionary (2nd edition; Facts on File, 2006).

Social control

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Merriam-Webster defines a garden apartment in American English as "a multiple-unit low-rise dwelling having considerable lawn or garden space" The apartment buildings are often arranged around courtyards that are open at one end.

Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary was first published in 1978 through the efforts of the National Scrabble Association (NSA) Dictionary Committee and Merriam-Webster, primarily in response to a need for a word authority for NSA-sanctioned clubs and tournaments.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

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Parton tried to buy the G. and C. Merriam Company so he could undo the changes.

Short snorter

Merriam-Webster defines a short snorter as either "a member of an informal club for which a pilot, crew member, or passenger who has made a transoceanic flight is eligible"; or "a piece of paper money (as a dollar bill) endorsed by short snorters as a membership certificate for a new member."

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Merriam-Webster, publishers of the leading American dictionaries, first heard of this puzzle in a letter dated March 17, 1975, from Patricia Lasker of Brooklyn, New York.


Editors at Merriam-Webster surmised that "there was little consideration for how it was supposed to be pronounced when it was created".