Adam Cooper studied linguistics at Brandeis University and The University of Chicago. Since 2010, he has been working with The Endangered Language Alliance in New York City on documentation and preservation projects.
Whether your plans include spring cleaning, yard sale picking, or both — here's some terminology related to people's (and rodents') urge to collect. Continue reading...
Knowing the lingo of the Winter Olympic events brings a little more understanding and, we hope, a little more enjoyment to watching the games. Continue reading...
There's so much more to New Year's than auld lang syne and a toast at midnight, so start anew by learning some of the more unusual customs and words associated with this holiday. Continue reading...
Which is correct, stuffing or dressing? Why is it called a cornucopia, anyway? Where did we get the word pumpkin? Fascinate your family and friends on Turkey Day with the answers to these and other vexing vocabulary questions. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Word Origins
There's some pretty terrific vocabulary associated with bleak situations. So grab a gherkin and savor these words related to pickles, muddles, and other forms of trouble. Continue reading...
Sure, the infamous pirates of the past have earned their reputation as murderous thieves. But the modern image of the swashbuckler is often more goofy than grim. Take for instance Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is vocabulary booty. There's so much more to pirate parlance than "matey" and "ahoy!" Continue reading...
For many, Labor Day and its three-day holiday weekend signals the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. But Labor Day is also a time to recognize those who toil and slog through their jobs. Here are some vocabulary words inspired by hard work. Continue reading...
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