#CountryDefined: Opry Teams with Dictionary.com

If you haven’t noticed, we really like making up our own words in the Country Music industry.

AND the Grand Ole Opry is gettin’ a ‘lil “wordy” with Dictionary.com.

Dictionary.com, the world’s largest free online dictionary and mobile reference resource, is partnering with the show that made country music famous beginning this week to highlight how American country music has enriched the English lexicon. Through an array of digital content, the Opry and Dictionary.com will illustrate how country artists have influenced word usage and popularized terms.

The country-themed content celebrates this week’s anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry’s inaugural broadcast, heard on Nov. 28, 1925. Social media posts (Twitter hashtag #CountryDefined) celebrating country music are scheduled to begin this today, Thanksgiving Day, in celebration of the anniversary, with country music etymology taking center stage on Dictionary.com’s homepage next week, beginning Monday, Dec. 2.

The featured homepage and social media content will include the origins behind words familiar to Opry fans such as “Dobro” and “bluegrass.” Additionally, “Did You Know?” trivia will be shared about the hit songs which include words to be featured and the artists who performed them including Opry members Trace Adkins and Carrie Underwood as well as Grammy®-winning artists Mary Chapin CarpenterFaith HillLady Antebellum, and Little Big Town.

The country music-themed content on Dictionary.com’s 75 million mobile apps and homepage will also link to opry.com, which throughout the partnership will feature audio and video playlists celebrating various Dictionary.com featured words as well as an online sweeps offering an Opry/Dictionary.com CD library and an Opry visit for two as prizes.

“Country music and the Grand Ole Opry have a unique place in America’s history,” said Rebekah Otto, Dictionary.com’s head of content. “We’re excited to share with the world some of the ways in which the genre has influenced not only what the world sings but also its effect on our spoken word.”

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