Test your vocabulary against Jonathan Safran Foer's with this new, interactive Vocabulary List of words from his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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Having logged many years teaching English and theatre at New York City high schools, Shannon Reed now teaches freshman English Composition at the University of Pittsburgh. Here Shannon shows how teachers can work with students to improve their writing by focusing on five overused words.
"Hot enough for you?" "Lovely day!" "It's raining cats and dogs!"
Weather clichés serve us well. Not only do they give us the means of exchanging a pleasantries with friends and neighbors, they're an example of language chunking
, the process through which our brains attaches meaning to words.
In the following description from her novel O My Darling
(2005), Amity Gaige uses the words gloriole
to describe the effect of light and snow.
In a first look at Vocabulary.com, high school English teacher and blogger Lee Ann Spillane calls the site "the first tool I've seen that contextualizes vocabulary in ways similar to what we do in class."
Last year, Vocabulary.com made TIME's list of the top 50 websites
. Now, TIME senior editor Jeffrey Kluger has reviewed the site in depth
, finding that, of online resources to help you learn new words, Vocabulary.com is "a leader in the sector." He judges the site on how well it addresses the questions, "Does this really help you learn? Do the words stick, or do they run out of your head the second you pour them in?"