VOCABULARY.COM BLOG

It's time once again for the nationally televised semifinals and finals of The Scripps National Spelling Bee! As in past years, our own Ben Zimmer will be live-tweeting the competition from the @VocabularyCom Twitter account and reporting on the results here in his Word Routes column. Continue reading...
Writing in Sunday's Houston Chronicle, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg shone a spotlight on the hundreds of Houston students who got hooked on Vocabulary.com, as one "campus-wide obsession" turned into a recipe for academic success. Continue reading...
It's a little early to know what the 2015 Word of the Year will be, but I'd say we have a contender: dadbod (or dad bod). After appearing in an essay by Mackenzie Pearson, this term went viral, then nuclear, then possibly intergalactic. Dadbod has become so commonly used that I wouldn't be surprised if, somewhere near the Mars Rover, the term is validating the flabby physiques of retired Martian warlords. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Words, Fun, Language
Vocabulary.com celebrated the first-place finish of Houston's Chavez High School in the 2014-2015 Vocabulary Bowl with a special ceremony on Friday, May 15. Students, teachers, and staff were presented with the Vocabulary Bowl trophy, medals for the top 100 students, and a special proclamation from the Texas State Senate commemorating the students' impressive achievement. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary, Students
Teachers, we've got great news. Now, when you sign up as an educator on Vocabulary.com, you can can create classes for every period you teach, monitor the performance of each class, gain insight into where you need to focus your instruction, and use class leaderboards to light a competitive fire among your students. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teaching, Teachers
Here at Vocabulary.com, we are constantly on the lookout for funky and impressively obscure words deserving of a comeback. Case in point: emulous, a fantastic word that gives us the ability to describe a feeling that dogs many of us all through life and yet is very hard to pinpoint. Continue reading...
The weather is getting warmer, so you might start to see men arrayed in stylishly rumpled seersucker suits (especially in the American South). On the latest installment of Slate's podcast Lexicon Valley, I followed the thread of seersucker all the way back to its Persian roots, and then looked at how both the fabric and the word spread around the world.  Continue reading...
Following the enormously successful release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Slate's words correspondent Katy Waldman raised a question, "Why are they called the Avengers? What are they avenging?" This put us in mind of lexicographer Neal Whitman's observation a few years back that, at least in movies, "Avenging and vengeance are for good guys, while revenge is for the bad guys." Continue reading...
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