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Material World: Shopping Lingo

Attention, Holiday Shoppers! Stock up on these words related to consumer culture. They're a real bargain, and a great vocabulary never goes out of style. Read the full article: Attention, Shoppers! The Pricey Language of Consumerism.
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Giving Words

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is widely recognized as "Giving Tuesday." The point of this social movement is to encourage people to give instead of get, and it's cleverly timed to follow the gluttony (both culinary and commercial) of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday has become an important fundraising event for charitable and nonprofit organizations around the world.
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Eat Your Words

We’ve all been advised to not talk with our mouths full. It makes you wonder why there are so many words related to hunger and the act of eating. Whether you are feasting or on a diet, here is some essential eating vocabulary. Feast on this related article: A Cornucopia of Words: Thanksgiving Lingo is Food for Thought
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Superhero Lexicon

Words shouldn’t be your kryptonite. Arm yourself with an indestructible vocabulary, starting with these terms from the superhero genre. For more, check out the full article: The Powerful Lingo of Superheroes
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In a Pickle: Words for When You're in Trouble

When you’ve painted yourself in a corner, stirred up a hornet’s nest, or put yourself between a rock and a hard place, perhaps the best thing to do is talk about it, and that’s why there are so many expressions for being in a pickle. Whether you're up a creek without a paddle or just want to be prepared for future predicaments, these words will have you covered. For a deeper dive into the barrel, check out: Celebrate National Pickle Day the Wordy Way
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Henry Ford's Model-T was first produced in October 1908. It was the cheapest car ever built, and it helped usher in a new age of transportation. Whether you're an automotive enthusiast or a total novice, check out these words connected to cars.
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Albert Einstein

Calling all budding geniuses! Don't let inertia stop you from learning these words related to physicist Albert Einstein and his work. Best known for developing the theory of relativity, Einstein is widely considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. If these words give you the momentum to learn more about physics, you can practice our introductory physics list here.
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Beam Me Up: Talking About Star Trek

Every time a new adaptation of Star Trek is released, there's plenty of buzz about what is one of the most enduring and iconic science fiction franchises. Rather than a glossary of Klingon terms, we've rounded up some of the more relevant English terms that get bandied about when there's a Star Trek media frenzy. For more, check out the full article: Beam Me Up: Star Trek Vocabulary
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Words Every Pirate Should Know

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19. In the swashbuckling spirit, this list covers words every self-respecting pirate should know: parts of a ship, sailing jargon, terms for pirates, etc. With these words at your command, you can take the whole pirate thing way beyond "arrgh," eyepatches, and annoying birds that perch on your shoulder. For more, check out the full article: Buccaneer, Bilge and Booty: Words Every Self-respecting Pirate Should Know
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Words That Put You To Work

Labor Day is a time to recognize those who toil in this country, slog through their expected tasks, and simply work hard. It's also a time to enjoy the waning days of summer before the work of the school year resumes in earnest. Here are some vocabulary words inspired by hard work. Read more about The Hard-working Words of Labor Day.
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The Smashing Lexicon of Tennis

Let’s look at some tennis words, which won’t help your stroke but will boost your vocabulary. For the full article, check out: Tennis, Anyone?
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Eclipse Vocabulary

On Monday, August 21, 2017 there will be a total eclipse of the sun. The moon will appear to completely block the sun for a few minutes, and we will experience darkness in the middle of the day. When you can see this happening depends on where you are in the country. The United States hasn't had an eclipse of this kind since 1979. Below are some vocabulary words related to this extraordinary celestial event.
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Book Words for Book Worms

There's more to books than just reading them. Books have a whole vocabulary associated with them that designates parts of books, kinds of books, people involved in the creation of books, even how books make us feel. This list is about book culture, words you'll often see when people talk about books. Books often open up new worlds to the reader, but they can be a world unto themselves, too.
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The Sweltering Words of Summer

Looking for a variety of words to choose from when complaining about how hot it is? You're in luck! There are plenty of ways to gripe about just how stifling the summer months can be. For more, check out the article: Sweltering Words for the Nuclear Summer.
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Spider-Man's Word Web

Even if a new Spider-Man movie keeps coming more often than Leap Year, the lingo of Spider-Man is eternal and unique. Enjoy these words inspired by the "web-headed menace." For the full article, check out The Web-headed Words of Spider-Man.
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Words from the 4th of July Songbook

There are so many things about the 4th of July that are familiar — the flags, the fireworks, the barbecues and the patriotic songs we all know (or can flub our way through) the first verse to. But how well do we really know those songs, and what do those words mean? Here are 20 vocabulary words from four classic patriotic songs: You're A Grand Old Flag, The Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle Dandy and America The Beautiful to help you celebrate this year and for many years to come. For the full article, check out The 4th of July Songbook
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A Graduation Lexicon

Congraduations may be cute, but it's not a real word. Here are fifteen real words often seen and heard in the days before and after a graduation ceremony, hidden under mortarboards and robes. For the full article, check out The Valedictory Lingo of Graduation
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Change Your Mind

A person is entitled to change their mind. Sometimes, however, this switch can be seen as a betrayal to the people you used to side with and have now left behind. Opinions or deeply held beliefs help make a person who they are, and an entire vocabulary has arisen based on changes of heart because of how fundamental certain viewpoints seem. Here are ten words about changing your mind. For more, read the full article: Flip-Flop Phenomena
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Father's Day Words

There is so much more to dads than a bunch of words, but these terms at least cover the tip of the word-berg that describes both the clichés and the changing culture of fatherhood. For the full article, check out Vocabulary for the Father of All Holidays
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A Web of Lies

Let's face it, we all (or at least most of us) lie. Whether you just want to spare someone's feelings or want to get away with something you really shouldn't be doing, people bend the truth on occasion. It's no surprise, then, that there are so many words that describe the telling of untruths. Whether the motivation is malicious or kindhearted, there is a nuanced way to describe it. Here are fifteen words to describe liars and the webs they spin. For the full article, check out Fudging It: A Lexicon of Lies
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band Tribute List

June of 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' greatest albums, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. The imagery and expressions on Sgt. Pepper's yielded some of the most listenable music and interesting lyrics in the history of pop music. Here are 17 vocabulary words drawn from Sgt. Pepper's. For the full article, check out Sgt. Pepper's: The Language of the Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Wonder Woman's Superpower Words

As a mere mortal you may lack Wonder Woman's heroic powers, but you can still attain a super vocabulary by learning these words. For the full article, check out:
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Gregg Allman (1947-2017) Tribute List

Southern Rock pioneer Gregg Allman died on May 28, 2017 at the age of 69. With his Allman Brothers Band, Gregg used wailing guitar and lyrics about gambling and relationships gone bad to define both his persona as a "bad boy" of rock and roll and an entire genre of music. Here are ten vocabulary words drawn from the lyrics of Gregg Allman.
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Memorial Day: Words of Respect and Remembrance

Here’s a look at some of the words you’re most likely to hear and see around Memorial Day. There are many ways to honor the people who died in combat for their country: one is to understand their vocabulary. Read the full article: The Respectful, Somber Vocabulary of Memorial Day
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Motherlode: A Mother's Day Lexicon

Mothers do so many things, which is why a good nap may be the best gift you can give your own mom on Mother's Day. Still, you might want to offer Mom a few words of appreciation, so here's a list of 13 verbs that get to the heart of what mothers do. Read more here: A Motherlode of Vocabulary for Mother's Day
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