June 1st marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' greatest albums, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. On this album, The Beatles proved beyond that they were not limited to love songs, or constrained by any topic at all. It is this freedom of expression that makes Sgt. Pepper's so interesting to talk about from a linguistic point of view. Continue reading...
Let's hope the release of Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot is just the beginning of a slew of superheroine movies. As a mere mortal you may lack Wonder Woman's powers, but you can still attain a super vocabulary by learning these words. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Language
After seven months of consistent dedication and effort that culminated in a late-season word surge to clinch the title, the Spartans reveled in sweet victory. With Margate's mayor in attendance while the trophy was hoisted and medals were placed on the shoulders of champions, the pride and elation at Margate Middle was palpable. Continue reading...
Topics: Vocabulary Bowl
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...
This high school dance takes on enormous significance in high school, when social pressure, weapons-grade hormones, and impending adulthood mix together in a boiling caldron that only be soothed by a formal dance. Whether you landed your dream date, are going stag, or prefer to avoid such shenanigans altogether, here's a list of prom-centric words. Continue reading...
Topics: Fun Language
Brazen was the word used by many to describe the Etiwanda High School's impressive ascent to North American Vocabulary Bowl Champion at their high-octane awards celebration. The Eagles exploded onto the competitive word-learning scene last September and never looked back. Continue reading...
Topics: Vocabulary Bowl
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...
This season had everything a Bowl fan could ask for: new names climbed up the leaderboards, tenacious schools mounted tsunami-size surges of word learning, and veteran contenders played at a level that raised the bar for all. Continue reading...
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