Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015) Tribute List

Sir Nicholas Winton died on July 1 at the age of 106. When he was just 29 years old, Nicholas Winton exhibited an ingenuity and bravery most people only hope to aspire to. Nicholas Winton organized the safe transport of 669 children out of Czechoslovakia and into Britain away from the approaching Nazi forces. He also found all the children homes, saving their lives. An amazingly modest man, he didn't talk about these actions for 50 years, keeping them secret even from his wife. Here are 10 quotes from and about this extraordinary man - quotes from Winton except where noted.
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Words inspired by "Inside Out"

Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out" takes the viewer inside the head of Riley, an 11-year old girl whose emotions are personified by five characters: Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness and Anger. In this this list, we have provided 4 synonyms for each of these five emotions, which illuminate the concepts and enhance expressive power by expanding on the broad cover terms used in the film. Here are 20 vocabulary words inspired by "Inside Out."
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Vocabulary from the Lyrics of Kanye West

Perhaps known more for his publicity stunts and his relationship with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is a popular and best-selling rapper in his own right. Arguably no one embodies what it means to be a famous pop culture icon in 2015 more than West. In this list we examine his lyrical output, both as a solo act and in collaboration with others. Here are ten vocabulary words from the lyrics of Kanye West.
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Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) Tribute List

Ornette Coleman, a divisive but important figure in the history of Jazz, died on June 11. He was 85 years old. Coleman's improvisational approach to music, and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of what counted as beautiful, made him a figure that not everyone listened to, but that every jazz musician and jazz fan had an opinion about. Here are ten quotes from and about Ornette Coleman that try to paint a picture of a revolutionary musician in words. Quotes are from Coleman unless otherwise indicated.
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Christopher Lee (1922-2015) Tribute List

British film icon Christopher Lee died on June 7, 2015. He was 93 years old. For a long time Lee was best known as Dracula in the low-budget Hammer films depicting that classic character, and as Scaramanga in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." His career was revitalized by appearances in several Tim Burton films and most notably when he was cast as Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels. Always cast as the bad guy professionally he was also a singer and author, and both of those pursuits let him express a more sensitive side. Here are 10 Christopher Lee quotes about his life and the movie business.
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Commence Your Life!

Not sure how? Learn these words from inspiring 2015 commencement speeches, and you will be well on your way! Get coached by leaders in the fields of business, education, entertainment, politics, science, and technology. For full texts of 2015 graduation speeches, see For more motivation, consult this list: Starting Your New Life
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from the Semifinals

Words from the semifinal rounds of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Full lists here and here.)
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from Round 3

Words from Round 3 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Full list is here.
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from Round 2

Words from Round 2 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Full list is here.
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12 Words to Learn Before Seeing Disaster Epic "San Andreas"

Before you head to the theaters for earthquake disaster movie "San Andreas" this weekend, add words from the film and from earthquake science to your vocabulary learning program. (Sentence examples drawn from unless specified.)
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10 of the Bellas' favorite words, from "Pitch Perfect 2"

The Barden Bellas are back in "Pitch Perfect 2," and so are their a capella mash-ups and medleys of both contemporary and older pop music that fly at the audience with amazing speed. In this list we've slowed things down a bit and highlighted some of the songs the Bellas and their competition sing, looking for words not usually found in pop. Here are ten vocabulary words from the songs sung in "Pitch Perfect 2."
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10 Words that Inspired Taylor Swift

At just 25 years old, Taylor Swift has proven that she is a pop culture phenomenon that's got some staying power. In this list, the heart of Swift's success, her confessional lyrics, are examined. While remaining mainstream and appealing to her fan base, in these selected lyrics the audience can perhaps hear Swift reaching for something more. As is often the case with artists, this striving involves the use of more advanced vocabulary to express new emotions or to shed new light on well-worn territory. Here are ten vocabulary words from the songs of Taylor Swift.
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Vocabulary from David Letterman's Finest Hour

David Letterman, who hosts his last show tonight, always treated his audience like family. They were always in on the joke, and they got to know his mother and later his son. This sense of community was never clearer than on Letterman's first show back after the 9/11 attacks. Here are ten words from Letterman's monologue that night, when this prince of sarcasm spoke from his heart. Find the complete text of Letterman's post 9-11 monologue here.
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Mother's Day Words: What Mothers Do

At a loss for an original message to put on your mother's day card? Consult this list of verbs to remember all your mother has done for you. Then check out this video Thank You Card for Mom.
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Gene Saks (1921-2015) Tribute List

Actor and Director Gene Saks died on March 29, 2015 at the age of 93. Saks was the director of the original productions of some of the most beloved Broadway stage comedies of the 1970s and 1980s, most of them written by Neil Simon. Below you'll find dialogue from those shows, because a director's contribution to the shape and rhythm of a show lives on as much as the playwright's actual words do. Gene Saks was a master at getting the comedic or dramatic moment right, and here are eleven examples, all from the plays of Neil Simon, except where noted.
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Sam Simon (1955-2015) Tribute List

Sam Simon, who had an exceptional career as a writer and producer on television, died on March 9, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Among his many other credits, Simon was the unsung hero on the creative staff of "The Simpsons" when the show was was first finding its footing, visually, comedically and emotionally. Here are ten quotes from the first four seasons of the show, when Simon was credited as Creative Supervisor.
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Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) Tribute List

Leonard Nimoy died on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83. Although he was an accomplished poet, photographer and motion picture director, Nimoy will forever be associated with the role of Spock on "Star Trek." It is perhaps the logical nature of this character that made Nimoy explore so publicly his search for meaning in his life. Here are ten quotes from a variety of sources: Spock quotes from the TV series and Star Trek films, Nimoy's own poetry and his Twitter feed and interviews.
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Promises, Promises

These words are about contracts we enter into, either with others or ourselves, and all the determination it takes to keep one's promises. Here you'll find many synonyms for "trustworthy" and "upstanding" but also the dark side of such determination. It's not always easy to make a promise and keep it, but hopefully words like steadfast and stalwart have enough of a noble ring to them to make us all fight the good fight. Here are 15 words about promises and words that describe those who keep them, as well as some brief etymologies of the words.
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Words to Capture your Joy

This list celebrates the upside of things- bright skies and smiles, being open to "the prospect of joy." There are many words for unrestrained happiness, many of them involving things that move in unpredictable ways, like bubbles and overflowing, boiling liquids. These metaphorical extensions do a good job of capturing what it feels like to be caught up in a wave of pleasant feelings. Here are 15 words for merriment, and their etymologies.
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Wayne State Word Warriors Words to Rescue, 2014-2015 Edition

For six years, logophiles at Wayne State University have curated a crowd-sourced list of "old words [that] deserve a bit more love," selecting a top ten list of words especially in need of attention at the new year. Here's a selection of our favorites from the 2014 and 2015 lists. Adopt one and promise to use it regularly in the coming year! Check out "Word Warriors: Four Years of Words Worth Reviving, 2009-2013" here. Note: sentence examples drawn from the Word Warriors page.
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Joe Cocker (1944-2014) Tribute List

British Singer Joe Cocker died on December 22, 2014 after a battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Known for his ability to interpret the songs of others, his signature arm motions and raspy howl seemed to encapsulate the late 1960s. In fact, when the creators of TV "The Wonder Years" had to choose a theme, they chose Cocker's version of "With a Little Help From My Friends" (not the original by the Beatles) as emblematic of the difficulty of the time. (The Beatles assured you that everything was going to be ok, but Cocker's vocals communicated that things were still going to be rough, but it was a stroke of luck to have friends going through it, too.) In more than four decades of recording, many people found that kind of solace in Cocker's unusual voice. Here are ten vocabulary words from Joe Cocker's discography.
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Don't call it a comeback!

Whether in sports or everyday life, everyone loves a comeback story. Tales of successfully conquering the odds and returning to glory provide us with the energy to keep battling against whatever we might be facing. In short, they give us hope that we are down but not out, and that is a very valuable gift. Here are 15 words of encouragement related to not giving up and coming back stronger than ever.
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