This is one of two holidays that honor veterans. Veterans Day honors everyone who served in the military, while Memorial Day specifically honors veterans who died during their service. Still, it's hard not to think of veterans in general on Memorial Day. As we all take a day to honor sacrifices that are hard to comprehend, here's a look at some of the words you're most likely to hear and see around Memorial Day. Continue reading...
The lexicon of motherhood isn't always kind. We mock mom jeans and mommyblogs. Headlines recently covered the U.S. dropping the so-called "mother of all bombs," which is a bizarre turn of phrase, given that mothers tend to create and nurture life rather than wipe it out. Here's an appreciative look at some of the top verbs of motherhood. Continue reading...
Sure, Star Wars launched plenty of original words—like Jedi and Wookiee. But what better way to observe National Star Wars Day on May the 4th than to brush up on existing words featured in the film series? The following lexicon will serve you well in any galaxy. Continue reading...
Lee's General Order No. 9, an address to his troops one day after the surrender that effectively ended The Civil War, contains vocabulary that conveys just how long and bitter the battle had been, and communicates both Lee's gratitude and uncertainty. Continue reading...
We tend to think of fools as the people who get fooled, but another meaning is key to April 1: the sense of a fool as a sharp, clever, professional expert in fooling, joking, and pulling other shenanigans. Continue reading...
Beware the ides of March! The vocabulary of time has plenty of other common and rare terms to help you navigate the space-time continuum. Here's a few timely terms that can build your vocabulary, and they're all learnable within a fortnight. Continue reading...
Celebrate this St. Patrick's Day with one of the gifts the Irish gave us which we enjoy all year round — the gift of words. Continue reading...
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