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National Word Nerd Day

Celebrate National Word Nerd Day with friends - explore new vocab, play word games, and show off your smarts!
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January 9
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Celebrate National Word Nerd Day on January 9 by embracing your inner bookworm! This special day has been around since 2007 and is dedicated to those of us who love words, language, reading, writing and literature. Whether you spend your free time devouring the latest bestseller or crafting creative stories of your own, this holiday offers a perfect excuse to indulge in all things nerdy. So grab a book or open up that laptop and get ready for an amazing journey into the wonderful world of words!

History of National Word Nerd Day

National Word Nerd Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1755</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Dictionary of the English Language"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Samuel Johnson’s "A Dictionary of the English Language" was first published, instigating the love of words for many people.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1806</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Noah Webster releases "A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language", the first truly American dictionary.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1884</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Oxford English Dictionary</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first part of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, creating a resource aimed at covering all vocabulary from the Anglo-Saxon period (1150 AD) to the present.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1948</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of Scrabble</div><div class='timeline-text'>The board game Scrabble, which celebrates the use of diverse vocabulary, is first released commercially, becoming a favorite amongst "word nerds".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1984</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Publication of "Word Nerd"</div><div class='timeline-text'>The book "Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground" is published, paying homage to the pleasures and complexities of the English language.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Word Nerd Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Word Nerd Day is established and celebrated for the first time on January 9, providing official recognition for lovers of words and language.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Word Nerd Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a crossword puzzle</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some of your favorite words and create a crossword puzzle for you and your friends to complete.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play a word game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some friends and play one of your favorite word games such as Scrabble, Bananagrams, or Boggle.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a library</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head over to the library and browse through the bookshelves. You'll never know what kind of new words you can discover.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a Scavenger Hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a scavenger hunt with clues that are all related to words. This is an exciting way to celebrate National Word Nerd Day!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn a new language</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself by learning a new language and expanding your vocabulary. Get out there and start exploring!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Word Nerd Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Word Nerds promote literacy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Being a Word Nerd means being conscious of the power of language in our lives and taking the time to expand our knowledge and understanding. By promoting literacy, they're helping to improve the overall quality of life and create a more informed society.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Word Nerds can help us find humor and fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Word Nerds love to play with words to come up with inventive ways to make communication more interesting, amusing, and engaging. Whether it's puns, spoonerisms, or just creative wordplay, Word Nerds make sure there's always something new and exciting to explore in conversations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Word Nerds challenge us intellectually</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The greatest thing about Word Nerds is that they constantly challenge us to think outside the box when it comes to language–which is essential for problem solving, critical thinking, and other forms of academic success. They are a source of inspiration for keeping an open mind as we explore new ideas.</p></div></div>

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When is National Word Nerd Day?

National Word Nerd Day is celebrated on January 9 every year. In 2024 National Word Nerd Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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