Two years ago on Halloween, resident linguist Neal Whitman explored the origin of the word Halloween. Just in time for the candy and costumes, we're revisiting his questions: how and why did eve turn into e'en? For that matter, what is a hallow? Why did the all get dropped? Continue reading...
In a 1994 course syllabus, writer David Foster Wallace encouraged his students to be sedulous in their proofreading. Continue reading...
When a bipartisan group of senators calls Iran's "influence" over Iraq "malign," is that just their way of saying "bad influence" without sounding like a parent begging a teen to find new friends? Learn malign and nine other words in the news here. Continue reading...
Mansplaining — a fella explaining something, unnecessarily and often incorrectly, with oodles of condescension — is as old as the hills. The word itself has been around since about 2009, but it's blossomed since, providing a potent weapon in women's arsenal against overbearing dudes. Continue reading...
Topics: Language Usage Words
In tribute to rock musician Lou Reed, who died this weekend, we offer a list of words pulled from his songs. Continue reading...
Tricky as they may be, vocabulary-in-context questions are important. They're one of the hallmarks of the Common Core, play an important role in the SAT, and more to the point, more accurately reflect the kind of nuanced mastery of language you need to do well in school. Here's how we help you get them right. Continue reading...
Common Sense Media, the well-regarded independent site that reviews media for children, recently evaluated Vocabulary.com, and determined that the site's "a great learning resource" that's "fun," "easy to use," and "well designed." The review focused primarily on Vocabulary.com's appropriateness for children, concluding that it works best for kids age 13 and up. Read the full rating here. Continue reading...
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