The word hardcore has been getting more powerful in English for the past 80 years or so. What started as a way of describing the persistently unemployed has expanded into the domains of politics, music, and video games, not to mention general usage. Continue reading...
In word learning, context is king. The Common Core rightfully puts it at the center of its vocabulary-learning emphasis, and we here at Vocabulary.com weave opportunities to see words as they really appear in the world into our game, Dictionary, and Lists every chance we can. Continue reading...
We were thrilled to read an interview in which Drew Barrymore talks about how she "fell in love with the dictionary." Turns out, she's as into words as we are, and her favorite is the little-known "empyrean." Continue reading...
Is "taper" really what the Fed's threatening? Why, exactly, would you call the Kenyan mall siege an "asymmetric attack"? And how can Republicans avoid "immolation," and President Obama duck the label "irresolute"? Continue reading...
Given how much our day-to-day lives are influenced by weather — and especially by storms — perhaps it's not surprising that we have a rich vocabulary for these natural phenomena. Continue reading...
Last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke foiled the predictions of many analysts that September would usher in tapering, or the gradual slowdown of the bond-buying policy that the Fed instituted to keep long-term interest rates low. Those analysts even had renamed the month Septaper, but now they're looking ahead to a possible Octaper. After that, it gets a bit harder to come up with clever month-blends. Continue reading...
Learn "Similes from Top AP English Exam Novels" to get a handle on how authors bend and stretch the meanings of words. Continue reading...
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