VOCABULARY.COM BLOG

A new study of how word learning lights up reward centers in the brain shows that word learning makes us as happy as taking drugs or eating great food. It also helps to explain why our vocabulary game is so much fun. Continue reading...
To celebrate National Grammar Day today ("March Fourth/Forth"), the American Copy Editing Society's announced winning entries in a grammar haiku contest. Check them out and survey all the entries here. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Grammar
An SAT tutor's story about how one motivationally challenged student was able to use list-building — as well as list-learning — to make words' meanings really stick in his brain. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teaching, Vocabulary
Grammar lovers, it's your time to shine! Write a haiku for National Grammar Day, March 4th ("march forth") and tweet it to #grammarday. Or just enjoy these winning haiku from last year. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Grammar
Last August, the folks at Oxford Dictionaries published a list of words that they were adding to their dictionaries. Among them was neckbeard, which is listed as "A growth of hair on a man's neck." But this self-describing definition is not why the term was added. More interestingly, the term connotes someone with "poor grooming habits" and who's "socially inept." Continue reading...
TOPICS: Language, Usage, Words
If you've spent time lately in the world of startup brands, as I have, you've almost certainly noticed a conspicuous trend. Maybe the penny dropped as you searched for recipes on Yummly or bought home-delivered meals from Feastly. Perhaps you've skimmed headlines on Reportedly, Collectively, or Newsly. Or you've played games on Scopely, tracked gasoline usage with Fuelly, or researched colleges on Admittedly. Continue reading...
So far this school year, students at Chavez High School in Houston, TX have mastered nearly 200,000 words using Vocabulary.com. They're learning words on their computers, their phones, their tablets, at home, on the bus, during lunch and free periods, and during vocabulary binge-sessions in the cafeteria. Their hard work and persistence has taken their school to the top spot in the yearlong Vocabulary Bowl, and local media is paying attention. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teaching, Vocabulary
Did you know you can share words from the Vocabulary.com Dictionary on Facebook, Twitter and other social media with a single click? You can. Here's how. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Vocabulary
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