The Grand Ole Opry has partnered with Dictonary.com, the world’s largest free online dictionary, to highlight how country artists have influenced word usage and popularized terms. The content celebrates the anniversary of the Opry’s inaugural radio broadcast, which aired November 28, 1925.
“Country music and the Grand Ole Opry have a unique place in America’s history,” Rebekah Otto, Dictionary.com’s head of content, said. “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.”
Social media posts using hashtag #CountryDefined will begin on Thanksgiving Day to mark the anniversary with country music taking over Dictonary.com’s homepage beginning Monday, December 2. Content will include the origins behind words like “Dobro” and “bluegrass” as well as “Did You Know?” trivia about hit songs which include words featured and the artists that performed them.
Among the “Did You Know?” facts to be shared are:
- The name “Dobro” originated in 1928 when the Dopyera brothers formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company. Dobro means “good thing” in Slovak, the language of the inventors, and an early company motto was “Dobro means good in any language.”
- Benjamin Franklin invented the glass harmonica in 1761, originally known as the “Armonica.”
- Carrie Underwood (“Casanova” from the hit single “Cowboy Casanova” is featured) made her Grand Ole Opry debut less than two weeks after having been named American Idol. She became an official Opry member in May 2008.
Additionally, throughout the week Dictonary.com’s mobile apps and homepage will link to Opry.com, which will feature audio and video playlists celebrating Dictionary.com featured words as well as an online sweepstakes.