Bloomberg Businessweek.com offers regular tips to SAT learners from Vivian Kerr of Veritas Test Prep, including a recent roundup of strategies for vocabulary learning. Here we take a look at determining if words are "charged" with positive or negative connotations. Continue reading...
Learn the vocabulary Melville used to write his great and complicated 1851 masterpiece. Continue reading...
The city of Providence, RI is embarking on a bold initiative to narrow the "word gap": young children in families of lower socioeconomic status tend to hear fewer words in their home environment than higher-income counterparts, leading to inequalities in academic success when they enter school. Providence has won a $5 million grant to address this problem by means of a high-tech vocabulary intervention program, as our own Ben Zimmer writes in his latest Boston Globe column. Continue reading...

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Ten Words from The NY Times - Mar. 26, 2013

Ten Words from The NY Times - Mar. 26, 2013

Learn Ten Words from The NY Times - Mar. 26, 2013.

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The NCAA College Basketball Tournament, nicknamed "March Madness," is in full swing again, and some early-round upsets have spelled bad news for those betting on chalk, meaning the favorites in the tournament. How did the term chalk come to be associated with teams favored by oddsmakers? A Word Routes column by Ben Zimmer has the answer. Continue reading...
The pope gets to wear nice red shoes, and a friend said, "I'm really jealous of those!" But, technically, she couldn't be jealous, unless she thought the shoes were hers, and the pope had stolen them. Instead, she "envied" the shoes, and was "envious" that he gets to wear them. Continue reading...
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