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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
Music legend Bob Dylan turns 75 on May 24, 2016. To celebrate, this list collects 75 vocabulary words from Dylan's lyrics from his entire catalog of songs. A wordsmith like no other, Dylan bends words to his will, like rhyming "teeth" with "breathe" in Idiot Wind, and he finds room for many words you're unlikely to encounter anywhere else in pop music, like "crestfallen," "reprobate," and "proletariat." Happy Birthday, Bob!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
With St. Patrick's Day--and celebrations of all things Irish--coming up on March 17th, learn 10 words derived from the Irish language.
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.
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!
Learn these 9 oldies but goodies -- that Wayne State University’s Word Warriors think we should be using more often.
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.
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.
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."
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
When Rand Paul attacked Donald Trump's sophomoric attacks on other candidates' personal appearance, he quipped that it was like "junior high," adding, "Are we not way above that?" A quick look at candidates' vocabularies shows that most, well, aren't. We could not resist creating a list. Behold the nominees in the category of "Least Presidential Vocabulary Used by Presidential Candidates." For more, see: "The Presidential (and Not So Presidential) Vocabulary of the Second GOP Debate."
Lily Tomlin is a comedy institution. From "Laugh-In" to 9 to 5 to All of Me, to her one woman show The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (written by her partner Jane Wagner), Tomlin has been making us laugh and think for a very long time...over 50 years, in fact. Although she never really went away, she's experiencing something of a career resurgence these days with her Netflix series "Gracie and Frankie" and a new movie, Grandma, directed by Paul Weitz. Grandma promises to be the next in a long line of interesting film work that isn't always simply comedic, which includes The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Late Show, and Robert Altman's Nashville. Here are 13 insightful, funny quotes from Lily Tomlin.
This list of words to describe something foul in the air runs the gamut from the downright genteel malodorous to mephitic, appropriate to describe a evil witch's brew. For more smelly-word etymologies see linguist and Vocabulary.com Blog contributor Adam Cooper's Something Smells: With summer temps peaking, we're bringing in the "funk."
Rap artists are often maligned for their subject matter and dismissed for their use of profanity, as if curses are the only words rappers know. Here, inspired by Matt Daniels' compilation of data on the breadth of rappers vocabularies ( available here) we take another view and explore the rappers who use advanced vocabulary to get their points across. The words below range from medical terminology to biblical reference by way of Thomas Hobbes, so it may be time to really listen to what these rappers have to say.