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NaNoWriMo Has Begun!

It's time once again for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). As the website explains, it's "for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved." Visit the NaNoWriMo website to learn more.
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Writing for The Boston Globe, NYU doctoral candidate Rachael Scarborough King reported on recent studies that cast doubt on the commonly held assumption that William Shakespeare invented many of the words we use today. Continue reading...
Topics: Words Writers
In anticipation of the announcement of the winner of The Man Booker International Prize this Wednesday, we're awarding our own prizes to the nominees today. But don't look here for an analysis of literary merit. We're considering these writers only in terms of their usefulness to vocabulary learners. Continue reading...
In an essay on writing in last week's The New Yorker, John McPhee describes drawing boxes around "perfectly O.K." words in a search for the "mot juste." Meanwhile, Virginia Woolf tells us words are a messy tangle that will always elude our best efforts to tie them down. Continue reading...
Today is Shakespeare's birthday! In honor of the great bard, learn new, comprehensive lists of words from some of his best known plays. Continue reading...
Apposite's a word you don't hear every day. Meaning "fitting and relevant," it is derived from the Latin terms "appositus" and "apponere." "Ponere" means to place, and thus "apponere" is "well-placed or well-put." Continue reading...
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