The Academy Awards are a cornucopia of couture, celebrities and cinema! Whether you're writing a screenplay or a ransom note, your vocabulary can be blockbuster stuff. Here's a list of terms you're most likely to hear on Oscar night. Continue reading...
Presidents' Day allows us to put politics aside for awhile and celebrate the personalities that held the highest office in the land. There is perhaps no greater reflection of those personalities that the words they are credited with introducing or making popular. Continue reading...
Some Super Bowls are a thrill to watch. Others, not so much. In a lopsided game, the play-by-play analysis and colorful commentary during the broadcast might even be more entertaining than the football. Here's a closer look at the language of a Super Bowl blowout. Continue reading...
Revisiting a handful of historic inaugural addresses from pivotal moments in U.S. history helps frame the purpose of this national event. Continue reading...
Dr. King's words evoke connections and resonate with readers decades after they were first written. We explore his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" through the lens of its literary merits. Continue reading...
Technically speaking, the Presidential Inauguration only refers to when the president-elect takes the oath of office. It is important to keep in mind that the peaceful transition of power in this country rests on a few powerful words. Continue reading...
Thanks to numerous anecdotes about the old and new ways of the lexicography, I quite enjoyed The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of it All at the Oxford English Dictionary, the memoir of John Simpson, former Chief Editor. Simpson was a participant and prime mover in the huge changes to the OED, which saw the dictionary finally being produced, "from the computer database, not from copper plates." Because of the unique insights into the most important and impressive dictionary in English, this is a book any word lover should enjoy. Continue reading...
1 2 3 4 5 Displaying 1-7 of 471 Articles

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a life-long learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.