It's that time of year -- when you vow to do better in all things and yet, even as you solemnly swear, you know most of us will abandon our resolutions early on in the coming year. The good news? You're here on Vocabulary.com, which is designed to transform your current resolution into a word learning habit that affects the way you speak, read, write, and think. Here's how we make your resolution stick. Continue reading...
After spending more than 180 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, Lauren Hillenbrand's Unbroken reached film going audiences this week through a new movie directed by Angelina Jolie. After marveling at the story of resilience and heroism, learn the vocabulary Hillenbrand employed to tell the tale via five Vocabulary Lists: Continue reading...
Like stargazers pointing out particularly twinkly items seen in the night sky, we generally use this column to alert the world to shiny words we come across in our reading here. Today, we're pointing out a piece of writing without a single piece of vocabulary bling in it, a vocabulary-oriented achievement in its own right. Continue reading...
The holiday season is famous for its hustle and bustle. But that doesn't mean word learning has to come to a stop. In fact, the holidays provide many opportunities to acquire and think about words. It's just a question of knowing where to look for them. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun
It's time once again for the annual look back at the noteworthy words of the past year. Did you indulge in any manspreading or Columbusing this year? Were you concerned about dark money or plastigomerate? Here's a veritable vortex of words that rose to prominence in 2014. Continue reading...
Writing about the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine this past year, Steve Forbes has taken to using the somewhat rare word satrap. We're thrilled that Forbes is trotting out the not-often-seen word, but want to offer a correction. Continue reading...
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, whose "Colbert Report" ends this week after nine years on the air, Ben Zimmer gets the inside scoop on truthiness, Colbert's ultimate "silly word that would feel wrong in your mouth." Continue reading...
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