Every Wednesday, you'll find a Quick Current Events Vocab Quiz posted on Vocabulary.com. These lists included ten words drawn from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and other important newspapers designed to unlock this week's news stories.
You don't have to be a news junkie to get addicted to these quizzes. Here are six good reasons to make them a regular part of your vocabulary-learning practice.
1) The words on these lists come with extra guidance.
Not only do we provide examples from news sources, we write notes that explain why this word matters.
2) These words help you join in conversations.
And, for students: Keeping up on current events words makes it easier for you to link events in recent news to themes in class — a strategy sure to impress your teachers (and help you learn).
3) Because these words are "current," their meanings will be reinforced by learning them now.
Studies show that the best way to remember words is through repetition. If you're learning words in the news, chances are you'll hear them not just on Vocabulary.com, but in conversations you're having or in things you read.
4) These are the kinds of words you're likely to find on the SAT and other standardized tests.
The College Board draws SAT words from all sorts of published writing, using a corpus just like the one we source words from at Vocabulary.com. Staying up on vocabulary you're seeing in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal is a perfect way to prepare.
5) Learn enough of this kind of vocabulary, and next time you pick up a newspaper you're less likely to get lost.
The more words you know, the more you're going to learn. Ten words a week may not seem like much but they add up quickly, and knowing them will unlock meaning and new word learning as you read.
6) It's nice to know what's going on in the world.
Arguably, this is the most important point on this list. Drilling down into news stories by investigating words you don't know will bring those stories to life. Follow them regularly and you'll find yourself making connections and drawing inferences in a way that will help you understand the larger context in which these stories occur and your place in watching them unfold.