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On WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show, Vocabulary.com lexicographer Ben Zimmer transformed the shows usual conversation about culture into a call-in vocabulary quiz show. Continue reading...
It's summer reading season, a great time for vocabulary growth. One summer reading option, Carol Weston's Ava and Pip, a novel for young readers, takes engagement with words to a new level, introducing the concept of words as toys to be taken apart and shaken around before being put back together. Continue reading...
If Argentina had prevailed against Germany in yesterday's World Cup final, you couldn't really have called it an upset. Germany had dominated during the past weeks of World Cup play, but Argentina had gone in as a strong contender. It was a hard fought game decided by a single goal scored in extra time. Neither an upset nor its opposite. Which brings up an interesting vocabulary question: What would a word for the opposite of an upset be? Do we have one in English? Continue reading...
TOPICS: Word Origins
When the fourth through eighth graders at Enrico Fermi School for the Performing Arts in Yonkers, NY swept the Vocabulary.com school leaderboard in May, their entire community stood up and took notice. Continue reading...
When logophiles Henry and Catherine Petroski were first falling in love, they passed each other "word stumper" notes in lieu of flowers and candy. Want to replicate their game? Here are ten word stumpers to enjoy or share. Continue reading...
Anyone familiar with the children's movie Despicable Me 2 will not be surprised to hear that use of minion among children has grown by 250 percent in the last year. Similarly, kids who play Minecraft are not immune to the charms of unusual vocabulary ocelot, nether and spawn as never before. Does this mean screen time might actually be good for vocab? Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Vocabulary
When we tabulated the schools with the highest point totals on the Vocabulary.com leaderboard for the past school year, the overall winner was no surprise. Corkscrew Middle School in Naples, Florida, which won the monthly championship banner three times (in November, January, and April), accumulated a total of more than 220 million points over the last nine months. Continue reading...
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