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Most Looked Up Word in dictionary?

The word Pragmatic has been researched more than any other in the near 200 year history of Merriam-Webster. dictionary. It is currently the 11th most searched for word. 

Definitions: prag•mat•ic  (prægˈmæt ɪk) adj.
1. concerned with practical considerations or consequences; having a practical point of view. 2. of or pertaining to philosophical pragmatism. 3. of or pertaining to pragmatics. 4. treating historical phenomena with special reference to their causes, antecedent conditions, and results. 5. of or pertaining to the affairs of a state or community. 6. Archaic. a. busy; active. b. officious; meddlesome. c. dogmatic; opinionated. n.7. pragmatic sanction + prag•mat′i•cal for for defs.1, 2, 5) Commonly understood to mean - Doing what works best in the circumstances, acting according to practical considerations rather than abstract principle, to deal with the real world.
Origin - Classical Latin pragmaticus, skilled in business or law ; from Classical Greek pragmatikos ; from pragma, business, o…

What's the difference between satire & parody?

A deceptively complex question beyond the comprehension of the deranged murderers in Paris. But as we defend freedom of expression it is important to understand why the work of Charlie, Private Eye etc is so important.

Here is one opinion:



Alternative explanations put more emphasis on the intent of the parodist/satirist
Satire can be termed as humour and anger combined together. Parody is really meant for mocking and it may or may not incite the society. Parody is just pure entertainment and nothing else. It does not have a direct influence on the society. While Satire makes a serious point through humour, Parody does not contain any thing serious. Parody is just fun for fun’s sake. Satire can induce the society to think where as parody does not. While satire stands for changing the society, parody only stands for fun and making fun. In everyday usage satire and parody are used interchangeably but perhaps parody is more a form of caricature: an exaggeration of immediately recog…