Feels, Facepalm & Fleek: New Words Added to the Dictionary

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In our latest update to the dictionary, we added more than 150 new words and definitions, and revised over 1,000 entries. New additions such as feels, yaaas, and doge highlight the role of social media in transmitting and popularizing new terms, while fitness tracker, digital wallet, and Internet of Things demonstrate the new ways that technological innovation is changing the way we live and speak IRL (in real life). Additionally, new entries such as sapiosexual and the gender-neutral prefix Mx. reflect cultural conversations surrounding gender and sexuality. A handful of words added in the latest update first gained currency on social media platforms. Dictionary.com users will now be able to look up the word fleek, defined as “flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.” The virality of this slang term, often found in the phrase on fleek, contributed to a massive increase in lookups over the last year. Dictionary.com lexicographers have access to billions of data points in search lookups, which

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Book Review: Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson

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Wildspace: The Spelljammer Fanzine

Dorsai! (Childe Cycle, #1)Dorsai! by Gordon R. Dickson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No modern reader will seek this book out unless someone tells them they should. So I’m telling you, you should. I only knew about this book because I’m a genuine article geek and I have listened to filk music that was written about it. When I saw a dusty, archaic copy in an old bookstore that was closing, I snapped it up. No regrets.

A reader of sci-fi will start reading this book and recognize the essential plot of Frank Herbert’s classic Dune. Which might make you shake your head at plagiarism; except that this book was published five years before Dune was. So if there was plagiarism, it was the other way around. It’s also one of the foundational books of military science fiction, though no one will ever tell you that when they list sources. I think…

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