Teachers and parents may drive themselves crazy with the thought that vocabulary learning among today's children is "not what it used to be." But one primary source document suggests that children a century ago found long words to be just as intimidating as they do now.
to know better, but I know naught
about the difference between aught
" is a sentence sure to make more than one head spin.
When Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Pirosh was first looking for a job at a Hollywood studio in 1934, he penned the following vocabulary-rich missive, which we found featured on the blog and book, Letters of Note
In the latest installment of the Slate podcast Lexicon Valley, I take on a word that every child knows, orange
, and reveal its hidden history. It's a remarkably well-traveled word, and its travels tell us a great deal about the cultural history of many of the world's great civilizations.
Rialto High School started the academic year off with a bang, sweeping the Vocabulary.com leaderboard with a back-to-school challenge from teacher Jennifer Johnston to her students: master 100 words every week. She joined them in the challenge, putting herself out as the rabbit to beat in the race.
Do you have a vocabulary fingerprint — are there words you use often enough that others recognize them as belonging to you? Think: the apparently
Good Word columnist Matthew J.X. Malady admits to iteration
as a vocabulary fingerprint. Meanwhile, Twilight fans will note that Stephenie Meyer uses stare
181 times in the first book in the series alone.