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In an editorial for the Chicago Tribune yesterday, columnist Eric Zorn took issue with the College Board's inclusion of obsequious in a list of "low-frequency words that would be unlikely to be assessed directly as words-in-context questions on the redesigned SAT." Continue reading...
It's William Shakespeare's 450th birthday today. What better way to celebrate than with a whole host of learning resources focused on his words? Continue reading...
Take a closer look at how Donna Tartt's word choices help her conjure up a place and wrap the reader in memory with 25 words from the Pulitzer-prize winning The Goldfinch. Continue reading...
We have occasionally invoked Tom Lehrer when discussing how the simple letter "e" can change the meaning of many words, citing his song "Silent 'E.'" That "e" can also magically change a word into another form, such as a noun into a verb. This being illogical English, there are few "rules" as to what it does, though. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Language, Spelling, Words
Ever since College Board President David Coleman announced that the redesigned SAT would replace its testing of more obscure words such as mendacious or treacly with the analysis of more frequent, multiple-meaning words in context, educators have been fretting about what this may mean for the study of vocabulary and for the precision of the next generation of American students' English in general. Continue reading...
One of the things everyone remembers about Shakespeare, whether they spent a few weeks on one play in high school or an entire semester on several plays in college, is that he wrote in iambic pentameter. Some may also have vague recollections about their teacher explaining that iambic pentameter isn't difficult to understand, because English "naturally" falls into its rhythms. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Language, Poetry, Writing
Talking about the Pulitzer Prizes awarded this week? Make sure you're up on these ten words. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary
Although the hero of Richard Wright's classic tale of the African American experience has a hard time coming up with words, Wright never falters. Continue reading...
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