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It's a little early to know what the 2015 Word of the Year will be, but I'd say we have a contender: dadbod (or dad bod). After appearing in an essay by Mackenzie Pearson, this term went viral, then nuclear, then possibly intergalactic. Dadbod has become so commonly used that I wouldn't be surprised if, somewhere near the Mars Rover, the term is validating the flabby physiques of retired Martian warlords. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Words, Fun, Language
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How do you get kids, especially younger ones, aware of the importance of word learning? Through stories, of course. And there's no better place to start than with Debra Frasier's award-winning classic Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Teaching, Vocabulary
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As keynote speaker at the 2015 American Copy Editors Society meeting, lexicographer Ben Zimmer showed off the resources in the Vocabulary.com Dictionary as part of a talk on "Nitpickery, Debunkage, and the Joys of Getting It Right." Not surprisingly, ACES attendees live-tweeting the address were more likely to take note of Zimmer's singing, rapping, and discussion of language anachronisms in "Mad Men" and "Downton Abbey." Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Language, Writing
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At the 2015 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, it came down to a neck-and-neck battle between Dan Feyer and Tyler Hinman, the two titans of speed-solving. And in an absolutely heart-stopping finish, Dan beat Tyler by half a second. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Words
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There's a lot to love about Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers. Now NCAA fans can add his impressive vocabulary to that list. In a press conference held this Saturday in Omaha, Hayes decided to make things interesting for the stenographer in the room by working a string of 3-point vocabulary into his statements. "I actually like words," Hayes said. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Vocabulary
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To celebrate National Grammar Day today ("March Fourth/Forth"), the American Copy Editing Society's announced winning entries in a grammar haiku contest. Check them out and survey all the entries here. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Grammar
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Grammar lovers, it's your time to shine! Write a haiku for National Grammar Day, March 4th ("march forth") and tweet it to #grammarday. Or just enjoy these winning haiku from last year. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Grammar
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