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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...
In the first annual Vocabulary Bowl, the students of C├ęsar E. Chavez High School outsmarted the competition, mastering more than 300,000 words over the academic year to beat out thousands of others schools from around North America. More than 200,000 students in more than 16,000 schools across the country participated in this year's Vocabulary Bowl. Continue reading...
Unless you're a resident of the Lego Movie's Bricksburg where "Everything is Awesome," you may have noticed that awesome is...well...not quite as awesome as it used to be. In fact, says Tim Askew, writing for Inc., awesome has become so overused, it's "inescapable, like verbal kudzu choking out the variegated richness of the English language." Continue reading...
If you're looking to learn vocabulary from any source — or if you're a teacher looking to share vocabulary with your class — Vocabulary.com has just made it even easier to grab the vocab you need and start learning words right away. Continue reading...
On Vocabulary.com, we've got hundreds of learnable vocabulary lists for all of the books most commonly taught in schools. We're always keeping track of the most popular books that are being assigned to kids, to make sure that teachers will have the resources they need. Continue reading...
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"I'm trying to stave off a cold," a friend said. Another responded, "Wine will work for that." Neither probably realized that, indeed, to "stave off" has its origins in wine, or something like wine. Continue reading...
How can your school shift from perceiving vocabulary as an "English teacher's thing" to a value that pervades an entire school culture? Los Alamitos High School in southern California may have the answer: get creative! Continue reading...
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