On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, Americans kick off the holiday shopping season with a bang. We look back to a Word Routes column by lexicographer Ben Zimmer exploring the origins of the phrase "Black Friday." It is not, as many believe, the day when retailers' balance sheets change from red to black. Continue reading...
In a pithy piece for The Gothamist, writer Nell Casey uses the terrifically scientific (sounding) tryptophan when she tells readers to "Stop blaming the turkey for your Thanksgiving food coma." Continue reading...
With school leaderboards more active than ever, we're instituting a new reward for play: a Champions banner for monthly school leaderboard winners, emblazoned with the winning school's name. Continue reading...
To fully understand unfolding news stories on the Thanksgiving storm, the Iran accord, Healthcare.gov, and expanding AP course enrollment, learn ten key words taken from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post coverage with Iranians Turned "Avuncular"? Ten Words in This Week's News. Continue reading...
Our List of the Week comes from teacher request for a list based on vocabulary from David Almond's Skellig, an award-winning and compelling children's novel adapted for the stage, the opera, and film. Continue reading...
Imitation for a good reason, imitation for a stupid reason, or imitation just by instinct: "Monkey see, monkey do" covers them all. But what's with the non-standard grammar? Why isn't it "Monkey sees, monkey does"? Or "What a monkey sees, it does?" Continue reading...
Don't wait until a half-hour before guests arrive to realize you haven't the slightest clue what deglaze means. Recipes are not about food. They're about words. Continue reading...
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