Jessie Strasbaugh

Jessie Strasbaugh

Jessie Strasbaugh is an Assistant Content Editor for US Dictionaries.

Articles by Jessie Strasbaugh


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How well do you know the language of love?

Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can sign and seal a foil-embossed card and attach it to a heart-shaped box of chocolate, all addressed to a loved one for Valentine’s Day. But it takes someone truly versed in romantic delights to know the difference between an allumeuse and an amourette, a chocolatier and a ballotin, an […]

Melchizedek champagne is how you refer to one of those enormous bottles of the alcohol.

Melchizedek champagne and other champagne word facts

It’s always difficult to say “Hello!” to January and “Good-bye…” to the holidays. Suddenly we find ourselves bogged down by the usual January blues—not to mention subjected to Blue Monday’s annual arrival — and burdened by certain debts after all that sweet and savory celebrating. Cookies, cakes, candy…butter cast haphazardly into every bubbling pot or […]

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Trolling yuletide carols: weird words in five famous Christmas songs

Whether you go a’wassailing, participate in a church choir, or simply like to sing along with a radio tuned to a festive station, at some point you may have found yourself in the middle of a Christmas carol, struck with the thought: what does that word even mean? Or even what am I actually singing?! […]

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From 1621 to 1863: giving thanks for new words of old

America’s “First Thanksgiving” is often attributed to the early 17th century (1621, in fact) when a small band of Pilgrims gathered with a small band of American Indians to partake together of a bountiful harvest at Plymouth Plantation. This celebration lasted a whopping three days—and it wasn’t called “Thanksgiving”. Only in 1863 was the annual […]

There are medical terms for even common ailments.

10 medical terms for common ailments

As anyone who has taken an anatomy class or tried to read a prescription may attest, it can be difficult to interpret those long, Greek- and Latin-based medical words! However, sometimes these complicated-sounding words hide a simple meaning. So, while we could sit here and define rare terms like latissimus and pharmacopoeia, it seems more interesting […]

Do you know these famous last lines?

Do you know these famous last lines?

Our previous book quiz, which tested your knowledge of famous opening lines in novels, yielded some very high scores. But how well do you know famous last lines? Though a book’s opening lines may determine whether or not you take the book home at all, it’s as likely to be the last lines that stick in your […]

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Jimmies, spendy, and shave ice: American regionalisms

It goes without saying: the United States is a huge country. And while this certainly has some drawbacks (the formidable amount of time it takes to get from one coast to the other, for instance), the United States’ significant landmass also yields significant diversity—particularly when it comes to language. I’m not only talking about the […]

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The language of Led Zeppelin

Confession: I grew up in the 1990s. I admit freely that the only musical artists I knew for a while were N’Sync, the Spice Girls, and Blink-182. But then one day I heard a song called Dazed and Confused by a little band named Led Zeppelin and— after several jaw-dropping minutes of that insanely heavy […]

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