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Anyone who works for a large organization (or maybe even a small one) knows that certain phrases grab people's imagination and spread through the organization. If you're like me, you go to meetings and presentations and expressions keep popping up, which is very distracting — you try to listen to what the speaker is saying, but you end up paying more attention to how they're saying it. Continue reading...
Can a large vocabulary make you...sexy? If you're Tom Hiddleston, the actor who plays Loki in the film Thor, the answer is yes. According to a recent Bustle compilation of Hiddleston's greatest feats of vocabulary derring-do, we've compiled a list of words "guaranteed to make you swoon." Continue reading...

Following up on the American Association of School Librarians' selection of Vocabulary.com as a "Best Website for Teaching and Learning 2014," the association released a review of Vocabulary.com, in which it recommends our site for differentiated learning and suggests several concrete ways teachers can make use of our tool. 

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For my latest appearance on Slate's Lexicon Valley podcast, I quizzed the hosts Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield about a five-letter word that seemed to spring out of nowhere in online usage about a decade ago but in fact has roots that are centuries old: snark. Continue reading...
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
Dictionary Day comes but once a year, and here at Vocabulary.com we're whooping it up, tweeting our favorite word blurbs all day long. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Dictionaries, Fun, Words
It's time once again for the latest in our series of quick tips on usage and style shared by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. Here Mignon clarifies how to pluralize some nouns derived from Greek (sometimes by way of Latin). Continue reading...
TOPICS: Grammar, Usage, Words
Is there any point in remaining "spoiler-free," steering clear of any crucial plot points of movies or television shows you haven't seen yet? That's the question raised by Netflix in its new "Living with Spoilers" campaign, and it set me off on a search for the roots of the "spoiler" in my latest column for the Wall Street Journal. Continue reading...
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