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"I'm trying to stave off a cold," a friend said. Another responded, "Wine will work for that." Neither probably realized that, indeed, to "stave off" has its origins in wine, or something like wine. Continue reading...
How can your school shift from perceiving vocabulary as an "English teacher's thing" to a value that pervades an entire school culture? Los Alamitos High School in southern California may have the answer: get creative! Continue reading...
The latest installment in Maryrose Wood's Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series hits bookstores tomorrow. It's delightfully rich in adventure, humor, and...vocabulary. In honor of its release, Wood joins us to talk about why she loves to use big words with kid readers. And to define pteridological. Continue reading...
Earlier this year the Associated Press Stylebook issued one of its frequent updates. "Do not use ride-sharing" to refer to services such as Uber and Lyft, the stylebook counseled; instead, use the modifier ride-booking or ride-hailing. It was the AP's quixotic bid to stem the increasingly common use of sharing to refer to a wide range of activities that are not quite as selfless as the word share may suggest. Continue reading...
Recently we were able to interview Jessica Conrad, a speech language pathologist and technology integration specialist with the Johnson County and Surrounding Schools district in Franklin, IN, who had just reviewed Vocabulary.com for her district website. Her review had highlighted a feature that might not jump out at you at first: hints. Continue reading...
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...
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For the latest installment of the Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, I take a look at the peculiar history of the word pumpernickel — a kind of German bread with an origin that turns out to be downright devilish. Continue reading...
If you play Vocabulary.com, you know you can rack up all sorts of achievements as you learn words. But why should individual players have all the fun? Starting today, schools in the U.S. and Canada are awarded achievements at the end of every month based on student play. Not only that, we're introducing leaderboards that allow students to see how their school measures up against others in their state. Continue reading...
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