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  • 25 WordsMay the 4th Be With You – Star Wars Words: May 4
  • 20 WordsCinco de Mayo – Words to Celebrate Mexico: May 5
  • 13 WordsMotherlode – A Mother's Day Lexicon: May 8
  • 12 WordsCollectable Words for National Pack Rat Day: May 17
  • 30 Words"Twelve Days in May" by Larry Dane Brimner, Landmark Events Before the Twelve Days in May: May 4–15
  • 27 WordsMemorial Day Words: May 30
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  • 18 WordsEssential Three-Letter Words, Part 1
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  • 15 WordsEssential Three-Letter Words, Part 4
  1. Spring Has SprungExplore these lists from the April Calendar
    April is teeming with occasions to learn new words, from Arbor Day and Grilled Cheese Day, to the Passover and Easter...
  2. The Wide Words of SportsGet Your Game On with These Sports-Related Vocab Words
    Want a winning vocabulary? Ace vocabulary from tennis, tackle words from football, knock it out of the park with...
  3. “Said” Is DeadDitch Dull Dialogue with These Descriptive Terms for Talking
    Looking for alternatives to the utilitarian but ubiquitous “said”? Say no more! Explore this collection of evocative...
  4. In Like a Lion, Out Like a LambExplore these Lists from the March Calendar
    March is a turning point in the calendar, when winter ends and spring begins. It’s also full of word-worthy events, like...
  5. Words to Help You Win at Wordle
    Which great words might solve those daily games? Study these helpful five-letter words and you could become a Wordle...
  6. The Love CollectionWords to Love By
    Do you have a soft spot for romance? Or are you a cynic when it comes to love? Either way, you’ll be smitten with the...
  7. Short and SweetExplore These Lists from the February Calendar
    When it comes to vocabulary, even though it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s a lot to love about February. From...
  8. New Words ResolutionExplore These Lists from the January Calendar
    Why not kick off the new year with some shiny new vocabulary? This collection is teeming with terrific terms related to...
  9. It's the Most Word-ful Time of the Year!Unwrap This Collection of December-y Lists
    'Tis the season for this festive collection of vocabulary goodies, with something for every verbivore on your list:...
  10. A World of WordsCelebrate Geography Awareness Week with Essential Vocabulary
    You don’t need a compass to find the most comprehensive collection of vocabulary lists for Geography Awareness Week —...
  11. A Bounty of November VocabularyFeast on This Banquet of Tasty Terms
    November is stuffed with word-worthy occasions. From Native American Heritage Month to Election Day, Veteran’s Day,...
  12. Essential Election Season VocabularyWords for Making Sense of Politics and Elections
    Election season brings an onslaught of campaign ads and news stories full of buzzwords about voting and the political...

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Memorial Day Words

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called in the localities in which it was celebrated, began as an occasion for decorating the graves of soldiers who had died fighting in the U.S. Civil war. Declared a national holiday in 1966, it is traditionally observed by decorating fallen soldiers' graves, honoring them with parades, speeches, and concerts, and gathering for picnics and family gatherings. Celebrate Memorial Day with these words that help promote an understanding of the holiday's meaning. Then look for more meaning in the day by learning vocabulary from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and recite the famous memorial oration on this solemn 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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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Words

Rejoice, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is National Star Wars Day! The epic film series launched plenty of words—like Jedi and Wookiee—but it also made use of existing words, giving them a new spin, and a new force, if you will. Our Star Wars lexicon will serve you well in any galaxy. Read the full article here.
25 Words

Eid Al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is a worldwide religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Here is a link to the full article written by Wardah Abbas: How Do Muslims Celebrate Eid? The Beauty of Eid Explained.
15 Words

Stump Speech: Tree Terminology

Turn over a new lexical leaf and branch out with this list of arboreal vocabulary. Learning these words will really spruce up your language!
20 Words

For Grilled Cheese Day, Vocab with a Twist

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, as in "question strenuously," plus synonyms for cheesy, as in "tacky." (Tomato soup not included.)
10 Words

Tricky Terms for April Fool's Day

You'd be a fool not to learn these words related to pranks, jokes, and deceit. For more on the history of these words, read The Cunning, Risible Holiday of April Fool's Day.
20 Words

Instead of "Said": Words for Upbeat Banter

Rejoice! When it comes to expressing how people talk when they're happy, there are lots of cheerful choices to use instead of "said". So learn these words from the lexicon of laughter and good vibes, and you’ll be glad you did!
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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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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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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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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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Be Nice!

Whether you're making a special effort to practice kindness — or thanking someone else for a thoughtful gesture — these words will come in handy.
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Veterans Day Vocabulary

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th in the United States as a day to honor all military personnel, whether they served in times of war or peace. The official holiday began in 1919 as Armistice Day, a year after the date that marked the end of World War I. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a law that changed the name of this national holiday to Veterans Day.
15 Words

Flying High: Aviation Words

Is your vocabulary on autopilot? Learn these terms related to aviation, and you'll soar to new lexical heights. You might even get upgraded to first class!
16 Words

Election Lingo

Vote for vocabulary! Learn these words associated with elections.
20 Words

Baseball: A Lexicon

From spring training and opening day right up through the World Series, baseball (a.k.a. our national pastime) is a sport with rabid fans. It's also known for having plenty of downtime, so why not practice the language of the game during the many hours it'll take to wrap up all nine innings?
20 Words

Tyrannosaurus Lex(icon)

Study these paleontology terms and bone up on dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. You'll also unearth information about fossils, geology, and more.
25 Words

Dictionary Words: Lexicography Lingo

You already know that dictionaries contain oodles of words that describe everything in the universe. But did you ever think about all the words that are used to describe dictionaries? Here some of the terms used by dictionary writers and dictionary readers, like you!
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The Lingo of Body Language

There’s more to language than what we say or write. The things we do physically can say a lot — even without words. And even though body language is word-less, there are lots of terms for describing the gestures, postures, and facial expressions we make when we want to say something without uttering a single word.
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Shear Genius: Hairy Vocabulary

October 1 is National Hair Day (though it doesn't specify good or bad). Whatever length, color, or style you're rocking, this list will make your vocabulary a cut above. Comb on in and brush up on your tonsorial terms!
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It's All in the Family

Learn these words that refer to the roles and relationships within a family.
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Punctuation Matters

These punctuation terms are good to know, period. Learn what an apostrophe’s purpose is; find out what a semicolon is for. Are you confused about question marks? Probably not (although you may be mystified by parentheses). This list is sure to make you as excited as an exclamation point!
15 Words

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
15 Words

Star-Spangled Vocabulary: Patriotic Words

Love of country is a powerful motivating force, leading us to vote, advocate, protest peacefully, and otherwise engage as citizens in an ongoing effort to improve our society. Learn this list and let your vocabulary flag fly!
14 Words

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