VOCABULARY.COM BLOG

Earlier this year the Associated Press Stylebook issued one of its frequent updates. "Do not use ride-sharing" to refer to services such as Uber and Lyft, the stylebook counseled; instead, use the modifier ride-booking or ride-hailing. It was the AP's quixotic bid to stem the increasingly common use of sharing to refer to a wide range of activities that are not quite as selfless as the word share may suggest. Continue reading...
Recently we were able to interview Jessica Conrad, a speech language pathologist and technology integration specialist with the Johnson County and Surrounding Schools district in Franklin, IN, who had just reviewed Vocabulary.com for her district website. Her review had highlighted a feature that might not jump out at you at first: hints. Continue reading...
How do you get kids, especially younger ones, aware of the importance of word learning? Through stories, of course. And there's no better place to start than with Debra Frasier's award-winning classic Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Teaching, Vocabulary
For the latest installment of the Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, I take a look at the peculiar history of the word pumpernickel — a kind of German bread with an origin that turns out to be downright devilish. Continue reading...
If you play Vocabulary.com, you know you can rack up all sorts of achievements as you learn words. But why should individual players have all the fun? Starting today, schools in the U.S. and Canada are awarded achievements at the end of every month based on student play. Not only that, we're introducing leaderboards that allow students to see how their school measures up against others in their state. Continue reading...
As keynote speaker at the 2015 American Copy Editors Society meeting, lexicographer Ben Zimmer showed off the resources in the Vocabulary.com Dictionary as part of a talk on "Nitpickery, Debunkage, and the Joys of Getting It Right." Not surprisingly, ACES attendees live-tweeting the address were more likely to take note of Zimmer's singing, rapping, and discussion of language anachronisms in "Mad Men" and "Downton Abbey." Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Language, Writing
In an insightful post on meeting the text complexity standard for the Common Core, Teaching Channel coach Ryan McCarthy presents helpful strategies for planning and preparation. Meanwhile, free resources on Vocabulary.com can help. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teaching, Vocabulary
At the 2015 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, it came down to a neck-and-neck battle between Dan Feyer and Tyler Hinman, the two titans of speed-solving. And in an absolutely heart-stopping finish, Dan beat Tyler by half a second. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Fun, Words
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