When it comes to learning, having multiple ways to access material can be a huge boost to understanding and retention. That's why we're so enthused about our new feature release: spoken audio. Now anyone can hear Vocabulary.com as they play and learn. Continue reading...
Etiwanda's Eagles soared past some fierce competitors to master over 50,000 words and claim their perch atop the November Vocabulary Bowl leaderboard. This is the second victory in three months for these Bowl rookies from California. Continue reading...
Topics: Vocabulary Bowl
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...
One of the controversies surrounding President-elect Trump has been the separation (or lack thereof) between his previous life as a businessman and his future career as president. Yet the Constitution prohibits him from accepting any emolument. The soon-to-be president's actions may be limited by this word, so let's examine it in detail. Continue reading...
We know that nothing escapes the keen eyes of our devoted fans, but we'll state the obvious anyway — this month's video has a whole new look and feel that's amped up, just like October's Bowl action. 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...
For those of you Vocabulary Bowl fans who like a good underdog story, the October results offered just that. The Mighty Purple Pups of Lanier Middle School in Houston prevailed as top dog in the first month of the official 2016 - 2017 Season. Continue reading...
Topics: Vocabulary Bowl

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