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Fun Holiday – Word Nerd Day

Word Nerd Day is celebrated annually on January 9.

A collection of magnetic words.
A collection of magnetic words.
Bring out your inner word nerd.
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Love your dictionary? Do you like long, complicated, fancy words? If your answer is yes, then this is the unofficial holiday for you.

Learn New Words

While the origins of this holiday are unknown, we assume that those who created it wanted word and language nerds to celebrate their expansive vocabulary, and for people to pick up their dictionaries and thesauruses to learn more about the origin, meaning, and usages of words in their language.

Smallest Meaningful Unit

A word is the smallest unit in a language that conveys a meaning when it is written and spoken by itself. When written, it has white space at its beginning and the end, but not in the middle. When spoken, a word is a form of speech that is uttered as a single unit.

How to Celebrate?

  • Are you a word nerd? Be proud of who you are. Use words no less than 7 letters long in all your conversations.
  • Do crosswords and play word puzzles all day long.
  • Spend the day learning about new words and finding occasions to use them.

Did You Know…

…that according to the Oxford Dictionary, “bookkeeper” is the only word in the English language without any hyphens with three consecutive repeated letters?

Word Nerd Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Word Nerd Day Observances
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2018TueJan 9Word Nerd Day
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2020ThuJan 9Word Nerd Day
2021SatJan 9Word Nerd Day
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2024TueJan 9Word Nerd Day
2025ThuJan 9Word Nerd Day
2026FriJan 9Word Nerd Day
2027SatJan 9Word Nerd Day

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