The Oxford Word of the Year tells a concise story about how many of us are doing these days.
You might be a hipster if you’re mistaking abstraction for transcendence.
Dying of laughter is an exaggeration, but something about it has rung true over the centuries.
A method once used by mythology experts has turned painfully aggressive.
It makes virtual communication feel more human.
The word captures our relationship to the daily chaos of recent years.
One rule of thumb can help determine whether the word is being diluted.
On a surplus of selfhood in relation to acceptable social standards of interaction
What’s the haps on the ultimate pursuit? Ask the Vikings.
How to instantly end an argument—or maybe just start a new one
And what our strong neural associations with physical taste have to do with it
How “it’s lit” captured an era’s pop-culture energy
The Yiddishism kids love
The Copper Age nomads on the Eurasian steppes might have understood the Beatles.
The metaphorical crossing-out dates back to antiquity.
The internet’s new social norms mean there are countless new ways to be humiliated.
It doesn’t have the richness of a crossword, but I play it religiously.
The term is online slang of biblical proportions.
The rap trio’s usage of bougie preserves the philosopher’s original intention.
“Reaching biological maturity” doesn’t quite capture it.