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Vocabulary Lists

Test Prep

100 Words Every Middle Schooler Should Know

American Heritage Dictionaries normally feature about 70,000 entries. From that multitude, the editors have chosen 100 words that are neither obscure nor outlandish that could give middle schoolers...
adversary, aplomb, apprehensive, aptitude, attentive, banish, barricade, more...
100 words


"The Cricket in Times Square," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

The cricket's name is Chester, and he is from Connecticut. Through a picnic basket, he ends up in the Times Square subway station. With his newfound friends Tucker (a mouse), Harry (a cat), and Mario...
abandoned, tend, murmur, subside, lurch, niche, babble, more...
35 words

Morphology & Roots

More English Words that Derive from Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Here are 15 more common English words whose roots come from indigenous languages of the Americas. The fate of the people who spoke these languages varies greatly, from tribes lost to history that we...
ipecac, cashew, cayenne, pirana, cougar, Petunia, pecan, more...
15 words

Historical Documents

"While the World Watched," Vocabulary from the Introduction-Chapter 5

While the world watched, September 15, 1963 became a traumatic day that fourteen-year-old Carolyn Maull (now also McKinstry) struggled to live past and understand. Read "While the World Watched: A...
inhumane, segregated, castrate, confrontation, ingrained, mandatory, racist, more...
35 words


Bush's Address on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the US witnessed the tragic loss of life brought about by acts of terrorism in New York and Washington DC. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation.
evil, despicable, unyielding, foundation, implemented, priority, precaution, more...
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Just for Fun

Joe Cocker (1944-2014) Tribute List

British Singer Joe Cocker died on December 22, 2014 after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Known for his ability to interpret the songs of others, his signature arm motions and raspy howl...
mar, dawdle, consolation, amends, inclined, wayward, parched, more...
10 words


"Class Matters," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

Originally a series in The New York Times, these 14 articles compiled and edited by Bill Keller give glimpses into the lives of people across America to prove that, despite our image of being the land...
integrated, mobility, elusive, impoverished, adversity, gender, heterogeneous, more...
40 words
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It's time once again for the annual look back at the noteworthy words of the past year. Did you indulge in any manspreading or Columbusing this year? Were you concerned about dark money or plastigomerate? Here's a veritable vortex of words that rose to prominence in 2014. Continue reading...
Writing about the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine this past year, Steve Forbes has taken to using the somewhat rare word satrap. We're thrilled that Forbes is trotting out the not-often-seen word, but want to offer a correction. Continue reading...
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, whose "Colbert Report" ends this week after nine years on the air, Ben Zimmer gets the inside scoop on truthiness, Colbert's ultimate "silly word that would feel wrong in your mouth." Continue reading...
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