National Grammar Day is just around the corner — it falls on Monday, March 4th (march forth, get it?). Among the festivities is the annual Grammar Haiku Contest, overseen by editor Mark Allen. In the contest, verbivores vie for glory by submitting grammar- or usage-based haikus on Twitter. This year, I've been asked to be a judge. Continue reading...
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List of the Week: Tackle "A Tale of Two Cities" Words

List of the Week: Tackle "A Tale of Two Cities" Words

Learn the best of words and the worst of words (and many in-between) with vocabulary from Charles Dickens’s classic historical novel A Tale of Two Cities (1859) Part 1, Part 2: Chapters 1-14, Part 2: Chapters 15-24, and Part 3.

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How Language Shapes The Gun Debate

On NPR's Morning Edition, Ari Shapiro reported on how the debate over gun restrictions in the United States is powerfully framed by terms such as "gun control" and "gun rights." Our own Ben Zimmer is interviewed about how language shapes such political debates. Listen to the segment here, and check out a list of "loaded words" from the gun debate here.

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Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Feb. 27, 2013

Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Feb. 27, 2013

Learn Ten Words from Today's Times - Feb. 27, 2013.

Then see "Vocabulary Begets Vocabulary: The More You Know, the More You Learn" to understand why learning these words will help you absorb even more as you read.

On the NPR program "Fresh Air," Berkeley linguist Geoff Nunberg turned to a topic that is one of our favorites: assessing the linguistic accuracy of period dramas, whether it's Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Lincoln or Argo. In an age obsessed with authenticity, Nunberg argues, we often choose to nitpick over the wrong details. Continue reading...
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When he's not singing "High Hopes" with Daniel Radcliffe at the Oscars, you can find Joseph Gordon-Levitt exploring the meaning of reinforce with the "Sesame Street" muppet Murray Monster. Continue reading...
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When Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, GA equipped its ninth grade English classrooms with Netbooks, teacher Marc Ginsberg decided to make Vocabulary.com the backbone of his vocabulary curriculum. Here, he talks with Vocabulary.com about the experience. Continue reading...
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