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Dictionary.com has selected "complicit" as its word of the year for 2017, citing the term's renewed relevance in U.S. culture and politics — and noting that a refusal to be complicit has also been "a grounding force of 2017."

The website defines "complicit" as "choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity."

With terms like mahoosive and al desko, the editors of OxfordDictionaries.com say they've made the largest quarterly update in their history, adding definitions for 1,000 words.

We'll clarify that while the digital service is affiliated with Oxford University, it's officially separate from the venerable dictionary.

The new additions range from pop culture ("xlnt" and "permadeath") to business-speak ("algorithmic trading").

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09/18/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with former Presidential speech writer John Pollack, whose latest book is SHORTCUT:  How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovations and Sell Our Greatest Ideas.Wordsmiths have shaped world history by simplifying complex ideas into easily understood ideas. And more:  Linda Gassenheimer’s Food & Dining, with Esquire Magazine’s restaurant and travel columnist John Mariani.Tune in for Topical Currents with hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman at 1pm.

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06/25/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents documents the state of the English language with author and dictionary collector, Ammon Shea.  The author of Reading the OED has just written a new book -  Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation. Complaints that Americans are ruining the King’s English have been around for hundreds of years…fro