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Teachers and parents may drive themselves crazy with the thought that vocabulary learning among today's children is "not what it used to be." But one primary source document suggests that children a century ago found long words to be just as intimidating as they do now. Continue reading...
"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
When Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Pirosh was first looking for a job at a Hollywood studio in 1934, he penned the following vocabulary-rich missive, which we found featured on the blog and book, Letters of Note. Continue reading...

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Happy National Punctuation Day!

TOPICS: Fun, Language, Usage
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...
Rialto High School started the academic year off with a bang, sweeping the Vocabulary.com leaderboard with a back-to-school challenge from teacher Jennifer Johnston to her students: master 100 words every week. She joined them in the challenge, putting herself out as the rabbit to beat in the race. Continue reading...
Do you have a vocabulary fingerprint — are there words you use often enough that others recognize them as belonging to you? Think: the apparently kid. Slate's Good Word columnist Matthew J.X. Malady admits to iteration as a vocabulary fingerprint. Meanwhile, Twilight fans will note that Stephenie Meyer uses stare 181 times in the first book in the series alone. Continue reading...
Here is the latest in our series of quick tips on usage and style shared by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. This time she answers the question, is it copy editor or copyeditor? Continue reading...
TOPICS: Spelling, Usage, Words
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