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  • 20 WordsMedical Terms and Parts of the Body
  • 22 WordsTasks and Equipment
  • 10 WordsHospital People and Places
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CollectionOne May At A Time: An Efflorescence of VocabularyExplore These Lists From the May Calendar
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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 14
  • 30 Words"Twelve Days in May" by Larry Dane Brimner, Landmark Events Before the Twelve Days in May: May 4–15
  • 12 WordsCollectable Words for National Pack Rat Day: May 17
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  1. Talk Like Shakespeare Day
    Anon, vocabulary lovers! April 23 is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. To honor the good Bard of Avon, we've put together this...
  2. Words to Help You Win at Scrabble
    Like the game chess, competitive Scrabble is immensely popular, and the number of players who compete grows every year....
  3. National Librarian Day
    School librarians play a crucial role in education by providing access to information, promoting literacy and learning,...
  4. 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...
  5. Tolkien Reading Day
    Tolkien Reading Day has been celebrated on March 25th every year since 2003. March 25th was chosen as the day to...
  6. Beast Mode: An Ark of Animal WordsExplore the Wild World of Zoological Lingo
    The animal kingdom has given us a menagerie of words. You could fill up an entire zoo with the words in this collection...
  7. 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...
  8. Academy Awards
    The Academy Awards have been presented every year since 1929. Although some changes have occurred since then – the venue...
  9. 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...
  10. “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...
  11. Mardi Gras
    French for "Fat Tuesday," Mardi Gras originated as a celebration of spring and evolved into an indulgent period often...
  12. 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...

Just for Fun Vocabulary Lists:

Easter Vocabulary

What could be more egg-citing than celebrating a hoppy holiday with this list of Easter-themed vocabulary.
12 Words

Passover Vocabulary

Prepare for Passover by brushing up on this list of common vocabulary terms associated with the holiday.
40 Words


Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muhammad's first revelation of the Quran is commemorated. Muslims worldwide observe this month with fasting, prayer, reflection, and community.
20 Words

St. Patrick's Day Vocabulary: Words With Irish and Gaelic Roots

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17th, but you won't find the words shamrock or leprechaun on this list. Learn these lesser-known words associated with Ireland. Some have Gaelic and Irish roots, and some are words related to Irish culture and history. For more lingo related to the Emerald Isle, read the article: Beyond Shamrocks and Leprechauns
20 Words

Holi Festival

Holi – the Festival of Colors, Festival of Spring, and Festival of Love – is one of the most popular and significant festivals in Hinduism. Holi takes place in early March annually and celebrates two themes: the triumph of good over evil, and the eternal, divine love of gods Radha and Krishna.
20 Words

American Football, 4th Quarter

After you've dominated this list of football terms, you'll be ready to win the championship. Here are links to our lists for the collection: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter
15 Words

American Football, 3rd Quarter

You don't have to worry about fumbling in front of fans with this list of football vocabulary. Here are links to our lists for the collection: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter
15 Words

American Football, 2nd Quarter

Now that the game is going, it's time to huddle around and practice this list of gameplay terminology. Here are links to our lists for the collection: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter
15 Words

American Football, 1st Quarter

It's time to kick-off your mastery of American football with this list of general terms. Here are links to our lists for the collection: 1st Quarter, 2nd Quarter, 3rd Quarter, 4th Quarter
15 Words

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.
27 Words

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
13 Words

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!
13 Words

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...
20 Words

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.
22 Words

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
16 Words

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
15 Words

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.
10 Words

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

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