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...
Annoyed by this greeting-card holiday? Regardless of your romantic status this Valentine's Day, we've got a word list for you! One for the over-sweet side of this greeting-card holiday, and one for the under-attached among us. Remember, being alone and/or cynical doesn't mean you have to have a weak vocabulary. 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...
After her defeat in the presidential election by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech on November 9, 2016. Concession speeches are an occasion for the losing candidate to bow out gracefully and to show the maturity it takes to accept defeat. Like those who have conceded or merely said farewell before her, Hillary Clinton's concession was a summation of a public life, with a dash of personal reflection and a vow to keep on fighting. Continue reading...
Topics: Language Politics
Donald J. Trump, newly elected President, delivered a speech in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 to celebrate his victory and thank his supporters. In contrast to much of his campaign rhetoric, these remarks sought to reach out to former adversaries and heal old wounds. Comparing the poetic language of Barack Obama's 2012 victory speech with the comparatively plain-spoken language of President-elect Trump's address gives us a window into two very different ways to accomplish many of the same goals. Continue reading...
The final Presidential Debate of this campaign season took place on October 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading...
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