Looking for vocabulary lists to support the fantasy fiction readers in your class? These ready-made curriculum resources will boost your students' comprehension and take the tedium out of vocabulary instruction. Continue reading...
Whether you're delving into genre study or your students just really enjoy fantasy fiction, these ready-made curriculum resources will prep your students for closer, more enjoyable reading. Continue reading...
We want to help build classroom libraries, one batch of books at a time! Learn more about who's eligible and how to enter. Continue reading...
The 2020–2021 Vocabulary Bowl kicked off on October 1st and we hosted our first ever virtual kickoff event! Find out what you missed and everything you need to get your students revved up for word learning this season. Continue reading...
Have you noticed that curators, once restricted to institutions like museums and art galleries, are now running rampant? Research librarian Stan Friedman investigates curator-mania, and discovers that people are finding comfort in an old, trusted term. Continue reading...

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Returning to "Eggnog"

It's time once again to break out the holiday eggnog! Ever wonder where the word eggnog comes from? Wonder no more: check out the Word Routes column that Visual Thesaurus editor Ben Zimmer wrote last holiday season, "The Origins of 'Eggnog,' Holiday Grog."
Last week, an exciting new tool for analyzing the history of language and culture was unveiled by Google. They call it the "Ngram Viewer," and it's an interface to study the enormous corpus of historical texts scanned by Google Books. The Ngram Viewer was rolled out in conjunction with a paper in the journal Science introducing the field of "culturomics." Dennis Baron has weighed in on the significance of this development for researchers. But what about those peculiar words, culturomics and ngram? Continue reading...
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