Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966 by as a celebration of African-American culture. It takes place over seven days, from December 26–January 1, and includes gift-giving, feasting, and devotion to seven principles organized around building and strengthening the Black community. Many of the words associated with Kwanzaa come from Swahili; matunda ya kwanza means "first fruits of the harvest."
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!
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
Planets and their moons have complex relationships as they spin through space around the sun. These words describe their motions and relationships, and will help you understand the gravity of the situation.
The month of August was named after Augustus Caesar, the first emperor of Rome, who lived from 63 BCE–14 CE. He took the name Augustus — he was born Gaius Octavius — because it means "worthy of honor" in Latin. Learn this list of synonyms for august and your vocabulary will be fit for an emperor!
Widely recognized as one of the greatest and most difficult board games in the world, chess originated in India in the 6th century C.E., spreading into Persia and the Muslim world — undergoing rule changes over the course of many centuries — before arriving in Europe and beyond. Learn this list and become a vocabulary grandmaster!
The mathematician-philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously said "Seek simplicity, and distrust it." Simply put, this list provides the vocabulary to describe anything from an easy job to an elegantly minimal interior design.
Though most geological movement is far too slow for us to see, sometimes the incredible heat and pressure created by our ever-changing planet bursts to the surface with awesome force. This list will get your volcanic vocabulary on solid ground.
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!
Shelter is a basic human need, as essential as food and water. As a result, there are many words to describe the place you live, each with its own history and connotation. Get ready for some home schooling!
Words like "desk" and "chair" are so drab and commonplace that we pay them no mind. Give your vocabulary a makeover with these words for furniture that will have you sounding like a famous interior designer.