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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Least Presidential Vocabulary Used by Presidential Candidates during the GOP Debate (Sept. 16, 2015)

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."
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Our Favorite Lily Tomlin Quotes

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.
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Something Smells: From "Malodorous" to "Mephitic" to "It Reeks!"

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."
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Rap Lyrics

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.
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Quotes About Jazz from Those who Play it and Those who Love it

The 100th Anniversary of the first use of the word "Jazz" ina musical context is coming up on July 11th. This list presents quotes about what Jazz is as an art form and what it has meant in the lives of those quoted. Here are 11 quotes about the personal and national significance of Jazz.
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Words inspired by "Inside Out"

Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out" takes the viewer inside the head of Riley, an 11-year old girl whose emotions are personified by five characters: Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness and Anger. In this this list, we have provided 4 synonyms for each of these five emotions, which illuminate the concepts and enhance expressive power by expanding on the broad cover terms used in the film. Here are 20 vocabulary words inspired by "Inside Out."
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Vocabulary from the Lyrics of Kanye West

Perhaps known more for his publicity stunts and his relationship with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West is a popular and best-selling rapper in his own right. Arguably no one embodies what it means to be a famous pop culture icon in 2015 more than West. In this list we examine his lyrical output, both as a solo act and in collaboration with others. Here are ten vocabulary words from the lyrics of Kanye West.
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Christopher Lee (1922-2015) Tribute List

British film icon Christopher Lee died on June 7, 2015. He was 93 years old. For a long time Lee was best known as Dracula in the low-budget Hammer films depicting that classic character, and as Scaramanga in the James Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun." His career was revitalized by appearances in several Tim Burton films and most notably when he was cast as Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels. Always cast as the bad guy professionally he was also a singer and author, and both of those pursuits let him express a more sensitive side. Here are 10 Christopher Lee quotes about his life and the movie business.
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Commence Your Life!

Not sure how? Learn these words from inspiring 2015 commencement speeches, and you will be well on your way! Get coached by leaders in the fields of business, education, entertainment, politics, science, and technology. For full texts of 2015 graduation speeches, see time.com For more motivation, consult this list: Starting Your New Life
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from the Semifinals

Words from the semifinal rounds of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Full lists here and here.)
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from Round 3

Words from Round 3 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Full list is here.
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2015 Spelling Bee - Words from Round 2

Words from Round 2 of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Full list is here.
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12 Words to Learn Before Seeing Disaster Epic "San Andreas"

Before you head to the theaters for earthquake disaster movie "San Andreas" this weekend, add words from the film and from earthquake science to your vocabulary learning program. (Sentence examples drawn from EW.com unless specified.)
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10 of the Bellas' favorite words, from "Pitch Perfect 2"

The Barden Bellas are back in "Pitch Perfect 2," and so are their a capella mash-ups and medleys of both contemporary and older pop music that fly at the audience with amazing speed. In this list we've slowed things down a bit and highlighted some of the songs the Bellas and their competition sing, looking for words not usually found in pop. Here are ten vocabulary words from the songs sung in "Pitch Perfect 2."
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10 Words that Inspired Taylor Swift

At just 25 years old, Taylor Swift has proven that she is a pop culture phenomenon with staying power. In this list, the heart of Swift's success, her confessional lyrics, are examined. While remaining mainstream and appealing to her fan base, in these selected lyrics the audience can perhaps hear Swift reaching for something more. As is often the case with artists, this striving involves the use of more advanced vocabulary to express new emotions or to shed new light on well-worn territory. Here are ten vocabulary words from the songs of Taylor Swift.
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Vocabulary from David Letterman's Finest Hour

David Letterman, who hosts his last show tonight, always treated his audience like family. They were always in on the joke, and they got to know his mother and later his son. This sense of community was never clearer than on Letterman's first show back after the 9/11 attacks. Here are ten words from Letterman's monologue that night, when this prince of sarcasm spoke from his heart. Find the complete text of Letterman's post 9-11 monologue here.
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Mother's Day Words: What Mothers Do

At a loss for an original message to put on your mother's day card? Consult this list of verbs to remember all your mother has done for you. Then check out this video Thank You Card for Mom.
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Gene Saks (1921-2015) Tribute List

Actor and Director Gene Saks died on March 29, 2015 at the age of 93. Saks was the director of the original productions of some of the most beloved Broadway stage comedies of the 1970s and 1980s, most of them written by Neil Simon. Below you'll find dialogue from those shows, because a director's contribution to the shape and rhythm of a show lives on as much as the playwright's actual words do. Gene Saks was a master at getting the comedic or dramatic moment right, and here are eleven examples, all from the plays of Neil Simon, except where noted.
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