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And the Oscar Goes to... Award-worthy Words

The Academy Awards are a spectacle of fashion, fame and — oh yeah — movies! 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. And for more on Oscar Night words, read the full article here on our blog: We'd Like to Thank the Academy...
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Words Coined or Popularized by Presidents

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 than the words they are credited with introducing or making popular. Here are several words that were coined or popularized by past presidents. Learn more about the story behind these words in this article on our blog: And Now, a Word from the Presidents...
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Super Bowl Blowout: Dull Game, Epic Vocabulary!

Super Bowls don't always live up to the hype. But even if the game itself is boring, the words used to describe it are exciting.
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What does it mean to trump or have a trump? Find out through this list of synonymous verbs and nouns.
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An Inspirational Back-to-School Word List

As you pack your backpack and sharpen your pencils, take a moment to sharpen your vocabulary! Here are ten words that can inspire you to take on the academic challenges of a new school year.
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Vocabulary of the Summer Olympics

The 2016 Olympic Games will begin this August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn this list of 28 words so you can keep up with each sport from start to finish.
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Vocabulary from Beyoncé's "Lemonade"

Beyoncé's Lemonade is collection of songs, a long-form video and an extended spoken word performance all at once. It deals with both broad themes about community and culture and intensely personal aspects of Beyoncé's marriage to Jay Z at the same time. The audience may feel that they are experiencing everything that occupies the mind of this superstar while appreciating her latest music. Most amazingly successful artists are busy erecting walls to keep people out, but Lemonade feels like Beyoncé has shared with us her private pain and her essential truths. Here are twelve vocabulary words from the lyrics to Lemonade, and learn more about Beyonce's inspiration in "Vocabulary Lessons from Beyonce's Lemonade."
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"Flag" Day Words

Flag Day is June 14. At the end of a hot summer day, you can droop like Old Glory on a day without wind, and that feeling of fatigue is another meaning of the word "flag." On this Flag Day, here are eleven synonyms for that droopy, beginning-to-fade definition of "flag."
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Some Tricky Homonyms

Words that sound the same but are spelled differently (a type of homonym) can be stumbling blocks in comprehension or when trying to communicate something in writing. If you know that there's "peek" "peak" and "pique," which one do you use to describe what your character did at the window? If you use the wrong one, then your character has reached the heights (peak) or is having a fit if anger (pique) by the window. Is that what you mean? Is the character simply looking through that window (peek)? As you can see, all these words sound the same but suggest very different things. Here are 32 vocabulary words that are often confused.
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Emotions on Display

Emotions help make us human. They are a wide variety of impulsive reactions that bypass the thoughtful mind and can sweep over us -- a rush of happiness, drowning in a flood of sadness. Whether you control your emotions or express them freely, this list has representative words for all kinds of feelings, even a few words that refer to not feeling strongly one way or another. The questions that accompany this list contain image questions so that manifestations of these emotions can be better visualized. Here are 50 emotion vocabulary words.
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Vocabulary from "Hamilton" Lyrics, Act 1

The musical Hamilton is a phenomenon. Combining the techniques and beats of rap with the biography of the Founding Father on the ten-dollar bill, Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm and is now a Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama. Students around the country are learning about history and language from this musical. Below are 50 vocabulary words from Act 1, and here are 50 vocabulary words from Act 2.
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Vocabulary for National Grilled Cheese Day

National Grilled Cheese Day is celebrated on April 12. To show our appreciation for this iconic sandwich, we present a metaphorical "grilled cheese" sandwich - synonyms for "grill" or question, combined with synonyms for "cheesy."
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April Fool's List

In celebration of April Fool's Day, here are thirteen vocabulary words that all have to do with various degrees of trickery and deceit. Some involve a simple lie or two, while others indicate elaborate schemes, to separate someone from their money, for example. Here's hoping that your April Fool's Day involves just an innocent jest or two and no complicated plans that leave you penniless. Here are thirteen words of dishonesty and underhandedness for April Fool's Day.
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Words Plagued by Unusual Silent Letters

The scourge of spellers, silent letters are often a stumbling block when learning how to write in English. To the modern eye, it's unclear what these letters are doing in the words in question, and learners sometimes simply have to memorize them. But the silent letters are very often hidden remnants of how the words passed through different languages on their way to English. Here are 20 words that prove that English spelling is far from rational
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Spring Words

Spring is a time of thaw, rebirth and growth. The flowers bloom, the birds sing, and many things seem new again in the sunny weather. Here are twelve vocabulary words related to the warmth of spring and everything associated with it.
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St. Patrick's Day Vocabulary: Words From Irish

With St. Patrick's Day--and celebrations of all things Irish--coming up on March 17th, learn 10 words derived from the Irish language.
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Vocabulary from Academy Award Nominees and Winners

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles on February 28, 2016. Below are 16 vocabulary words drawn from some of the nominated and winning screenplays and from personal quotes from the winners of the acting awards.
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This Feb. 29: 15 Words for "Leap"

In celebration of Leap Day, February 29, here is a list of fifteen synonyms for "leap." Some are jumps of celebration and victory over obstacles, some are words used primarily with animals, while some border on funky dance moves. Leap in!
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Wayne State University's Word Warriors: a list of words to revive in your vocabulary

Learn these 9 oldies but goodies -- that Wayne State University’s Word Warriors think we should be using more often.
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Wit, Wisdom, AND Vocabulary from Those We Lost in 2015

As the year ends, it is important to take a look back. Here are eleven of the most interesting quotes from those who have passed away this year. Some of the quotes are funny, some are wise, and all are hopefully thought-provoking in addition to containing interesting vocabulary. The people who said or wrote these things may be gone, but their words live on.
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"Bones" Producer's Lawsuit Full of Great Vocabulary

When looking for vocabulary usage outside of the classroom, one doesn't usually turn to the world of television to satisfy the need for exciting words used in interesting ways. One exception seems to be "Bones" producer Barry Josephson's lawsuit against the Fox network, which was announced today and contains many fantastic words accusing Josephson's employers of all manner of shady dealings. Josephson may feel wronged by the actions he claims occurred, but he clearly had fun wording the lawsuit itself, sprinkling synonyms for bad behavior among his demands for the money he feels he is owed. Here are 11 words from the announcement of Josephson's lawsuit.
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13 Words You Better Know Before You Try to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner

There you are, a half-hour before guests arrive, face-to-face with the tragic implications of not knowing what deglaze means. Does it involve icing? Pottery? That's when you realize: Recipes are not only about how to cook a particular dish. They're about words. Here are a baker's dozen (that means 13) of essential ones collected from Thanksgiving recipes that have appeared in The New York Times. For more recipe words, see "106 Words to Know *Before* You Defrost the Bird."
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Hamilton: Act One

Some vocabulary that might help you understand the first act of Hamilton more completely. Suggestions and edits have been provided by various twitter users, such as @Lucette212, @M_Dow, and @drbabyphat! My twitter username is @halatious, please let me know if you have any suggestions! Genius.com is also a spectacular place to read an annotated version of the lyrics to all of Hamilton, which is more extensive when it comes to explaining specific allusions, metaphors, etc! http://genius.com/albums/Lin-manuel-miranda/Hamilton-original-broadway-cast-recording Second act here! http://www.vocabulary.com/lists/850576#view=notes
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