Topic:Vocabulary

Here's the latest in our series of quick tips on usage and style shared by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. Mignon points out a common confusion that might leave you star-crossed. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Usage, Vocabulary, Words
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When it comes to word learning, a lot of people will ask, "How many words should you learn in a day?" Setting a daily goal makes any long-term learning or self improvement project less overwhelming. The only problem with this approach? The number of words you can learn in a single day is zero. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary
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"I ought to know better, but I know naught about the difference between aught and nought" is a sentence sure to make more than one head spin. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Usage, Vocabulary, Words
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In the latest installment of the Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, I take on a word that every child knows, orange, and reveal its hidden history. It's a remarkably well-traveled word, and its travels tell us a great deal about the cultural history of many of the world's great civilizations. Continue reading...
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Stroll through the hipper districts of any American city in 2014 and you may experience the sense of time being slightly out of joint. On shop signs and menus, words that last flourished a couple of centuries ago—or earlier—have been making a comeback. But no word from the distant past is as antique, or as popular in commerce in so many disparate ways, as apothecary. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Naming, Vocabulary, Words
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Karen Joy Fowler's PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (now shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well) is narrated by a character with an outsize vocabulary. Here, Fowler speaks with Vocabulary.com about the process of finding the words to create that character and the fun of breaking the rule, "Never use a 100-dollar word when a one-dollar word will do." Continue reading...
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A team of academic literacy researchers put Vocabulary.com to the test in a study of eleventh grade students using Vocabulary.com in classroom and after-school contexts along with other vocabulary-focused digital learning tools. The results, published in the prestigious, peer-reviewed Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, are unequivocal: Vocabulary.com boosts learning by creating a fun, engaging, and competitive experience where students are in control. Continue reading...
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