Teachers around the country have been taking advantage of the Vocabulary.com Educator Edition
to track student progress in their classes. And today the Educator Edition got even better, with a brand-new Teacher Dashboard that puts the most useful student data at your fingertips with a great new design.
As our culture becomes more homogenized, regional language distinctions fade away. But many are still out there, and they're still fun. Case in point: Taylor Swift's video on New York City-specific vocab, made for NYCGO's "Welcome 2 New York" campaign.
Here's the latest in our series of quick tips on usage and style shared by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. Mignon points out a common confusion that might leave you star-crossed.
Ripped. Slapped. Poked. Swatted
. If you've been watching the World Series, you've probably heard some of these verbs for hitting a baseball. Sports can involve a lot of repetition, so to make it different and exciting, sportscasters often use a wide variety of terms to describe the action. It is this variety that makes sports lingo an interesting object of study.
The Linguistic Society of America today named Vocabulary.com-Visual Thesaurus Executive Producer Ben Zimmer as the first recipient of the Linguistics Journalism Award
. The award honors "the journalist whose work best represents linguistics" during the past 12 months. In addition to his stellar work on Vocabulary.com and the Visual Thesaurus
, the LSA singled out Zimmer's language column in the Wall Street Journal
, as well as "articles on linguistic topics for the Boston Globe
, The Atlantic
, Slate's 'Lexicon Valley' blog, and Language Log."
Across the country, middle school students are entering the early stages of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, competing on the classroom, grade, and school levels. Here are three strategies for approaching the vocabulary questions that are now part of the Bee, and a free Vocabulary.com resource to use when executing each one.
Following today's release of the teen horror pic Ouija
, we're taking another look at our blurb for the word. Turns out, it's less about the occult and more about "getting to 'yes.'"
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.