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When you hear the words academic vocabulary, you might think of words that live only in academic journals — awkward words such as insomuch, heretofore, or conversely. These words would never roll off your tongue and you would never expect to encounter them on prime time television or on the magazine rack as you wait in line at the supermarket. Continue reading...
High/low, yes/no, black/white. There's something reassuring about opposites. A lot of vocabulary teaching is done using pairs of opposites, and with good reason: learners really feel they have a handle on a concept if they grasp its antithesis. There are, however, some other concept families that are best learned using three terms — triples — that provide a middle ground which in turn enhances all three concepts. Continue reading...
Here at Vocabulary.com we're in the process of building a library of ready-made lists based on literature commonly taught in English and ELA classrooms. Please use them! And check out these tips for getting more out of them when you do. Continue reading...
When Snoopy takes out his typewriter and begins to compose a novel atop his doghouse, he always begins with "It was a dark and stormy night..." This phrase — originally appearing in a schmaltzy 19th century British novel — has come to symbolize all that can go wrong with melodramatic writing, especially the clumsy attempts of a writer trying to evoke a dramatic setting within the first sentence of a work of literature. Continue reading...
We've just added five new interactive lists of vocabulary from Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Continue reading...

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List of the Week: Jonathan Safran Foer

List of the Week: Jonathan Safran Foer

Test your vocabulary against Jonathan Safran Foer's with this new, interactive Vocabulary List of words from his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
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