A Love Letter to My Favorite Word: DUDE

Dude. DUDE. Dude, I love the word "dude" so much. It's so versatile. It's so casual yet punchy. It can convey, "I really mean business here!" and "I am a fun type of person who doesn't take life too seriously" in the same syllable. WHILE SKATEBOARDING. It is far superior to "guy," which implies a kind of distance, an… » 10/25/13 4:52pm 10/25/13 4:52pm

At Least One ESPN Program Bans The Use Of "Redskins"

Our friend Josh Levin over at Slate made a fascinating discovery today: Back in the mid-2000s, when ESPN broadcast the finals of the National Scrabble Championship, a total of 170 words were prohibited from being used during the game. One of them was nickname of Washington's NFL franchise, which Slate will no longer… » 8/13/13 4:23pm 8/13/13 4:23pm

Tim Tebow Waited 16 Minutes And 40 Seconds To Mention Jesus At Today's…

Tim Tebow's New York Jets debutante ball is over, and while he (reliably) avoided saying much of anything interesting, doing a quick analysis of the press conference transcript (via closed captioning) may provide some clues as to how the quarterback (?) will adapt to the New York media sphere. » 3/26/12 2:10pm 3/26/12 2:10pm

"Tebowing" Is Now An Official English Word, Except It's Probably Not

When a person gets very famous, lots of companies want to put themselves in the news alongside that person. Which is why you're seeing a lot of Tim Tebow in unlikely sources these days. Today's entry: something called the Global Language Monitor says that "Tebowing" is now an accepted English word. Defined as "the act… » 12/12/11 2:45pm 12/12/11 2:45pm

Strip-Search Demanded At World Scrabble Championship To Find Letter "G"

It may come as news to most of the universe that the World Scrabble Championships took place last week, and ended yesterday when Nigel Richards of New Zealand defeated Aussie Andrew Fisher, 3-2. Richards ended the five-day tournament with 95 points on the word "omnified"—which, as proof that humans can still beat the… » 10/17/11 11:20am 10/17/11 11:20am

Your Feeble Skills Are No Match For This Man


On Sunday in New York, Tyler Hinman successfully completed the puzzle shown above to capture his fourth straight American Crossword Puzzle Tournament championship, which makes him the Tiger Woods of crossword puzzles, according to one writer. But more importantly, what's a 'wisesupto?' Is that three words? What are… » 3/05/08 3:40pm 3/05/08 3:40pm

Hey Kids! It's The Deadspin Crossword Puzzle!

If you know this site, then you know that we're all about puzzles. And what better way to shake off the Mitchell Report Blues than to tackle a crossword? Yes, it's the first Deadspin Crossword Puzzle, and it appears after the jump. And the great part is that you helped create it. All of those Deadspin Word of the Year… » 12/14/07 2:20pm 12/14/07 2:20pm

Last Call For Deadspin Word Of The Year Nominations

Last week we asked for nominations for Deadspin Word of the Year, and you answered the call handsomely. From your herd of suggestions we've culled 55 entries — yes, yes, girls, "Mangino" is in there — and we'd probably like to get it to 70 or so before actual voting commences. So if you were unable to get in on this… » 12/10/07 3:40pm 12/10/07 3:40pm