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15 Words That Belong In Every Grandparent's Vocabulary

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Carpenter

Here are 15 words that should be in every grandparent's vocabulary.

The Middle Class (Thinks It) Knows Best: Daring to Intervene in Disadvantaged Households

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.13.2015 | Education
American Anthropological Association

Because the way we talk is deeply enmeshed with how we think, feel and act in the world, our critiques of how others speak are frequently a smoke-screen for our critiques about other aspects of their lives.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are an estimated half million people in the United States who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication. This year, let's work together to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds!

Simply Say It in Greek!

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 01.18.2015 | Books
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The work covers 350 words and expressions, all accompanied by rich illustrations. Its two creators are women who deal with the promotion of Greek books in North America as they are the co-founders of The Hellenic Book Club.

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest Vocabulary, Revamped

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

A couple months ago, Matt Daniels wowed wordsmiths and hip-hop enthusiasts alike with his hip-hop flow chart. It ranked 85 rappers by the size of the ...

War, Words, Vocabulary & Media Ethics

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.24.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Ongoing wars require us to take a long, hard look at the language journalists use, to reassess the nouns, adjectives and verbs that are often misleadi...

Does Your Skull Spell Love? An Exploration of Our Skeletal Vocabulary

Miriam Ava | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

If your bones were words, what would they say? What we take in -- food, thoughts, emotions -- gets metabolized. We're made of that which we consume,...

How to Translate Preservation Jargon

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Written by Sarah Heffern Historic Fifth Ave in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania In recent weeks, we've shared a couple of toolkits breaking down the part...

The 5 Rs Of Boosting Your Toddler's Vocabulary

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Kids who have a head start stay ahead of the game throughout their academic careers. Parents can contribute to bridging the word gap by actively engaging their infants and toddlers in literacy-boosting interactions.

Innate Intelligence: The 800-Pound Non-Sequitur

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 05.17.2014 | Education
Michael Rugnetta

The new SAT is going to be more transparent about what it tests and how you can practice for it. This is a good thing.

The New SAT Changes -- The Good, the Bad and the Inconsequential

Paul Jury | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
Paul Jury

Here's the good news: Hardworking, capable students will find a way to succeed, regardless of their income, or the SAT's format. Because that's what they do. Maybe now there will be even more free resources to help them.

5 Words You're Probably Misusing

Rob Reinalda | Posted 05.13.2014 | Books
Rob Reinalda

In the game of Telephone, by the time the message reaches the last player in the queue, it usually bears little resemblance to the initial utterance. With that in mind, here are some words that many people use frequently -- and incorrectly.

These 12 Everyday Words Used To Have Completely Different Meanings

Posted 02.26.2014 | Fifty

There are slang words like "cray cray" -- meaning someone or something that is really crazy -- that are popular among teenagers but leave older people...

Functional Literacy for All

Walter Dean Myers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Education
Walter Dean Myers

Let's teach caretakers and young parents how to read and interact linguistically with babies and toddlers. Let's carefully explain to grandmothers and uncles that they have a gift to give to their children -- the gift of functional literacy!

The Time to Strengthen the Brains of Our Children Is Now -- Share That Information With Mothers and Families

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

Many people believe that kindergarten is the time when the education process begins. Those people are wrong.

5 Business Writing Tips To Make Readers Hang On Your Every Word

Dan Roitman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Small Business
Dan Roitman

Your writing, after all, reflects your thinking. Disorganized or imprecise language often points to muddled thoughts, whereas direct, influential writing stems from a clear thought process.

Tweet Or Text? The Acronym Guide For Dummies

Tammy Bleck | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

It all started with OMG, followed by LOL which quickly progressed into LMAO and ROTFL. It wasn't long before girls were discussing their BF and their BFFs and telling their parents they would BRB. It all adds up to TMI for many of us. Don't worry, for those you who are fast track impaired, I've provided a translation at the bottom of this post.

Why Johnny (and Jenny) Can't Read

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

This national crisis needs to be addressed. But how? We hold to the false belief that mastery of the alphabet (Really? Just knowing the names of those 26 squiggles?!?) and a singular focus on vocabulary will reverse Johnny's plight. Yet the research says it isn't so.

The 65 Business Words You Should Never Say

Harvard Business Review | Bryan A. Garner | Posted 03.28.2013 | Small Business

This article originally appeared as a blog post with the Harvard Business Review. It's mission-critical to be plain-spoken, whether you're trying t...

Prose: Once Nuanced, Now Prosaic

Steven Clifford | Posted 05.20.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

My nuances have become less nuanced. Until recently my nuances were subtle, penetrating and refined. Lately my nuances, while neither coarse nor undiscerning, no longer distinguish the most muted gradations of delicate overtones.

Why Do So Many Writers Use Words That Might Be Difficult for Some Readers?

Quora | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Laura Copeland, a curious person Say you're hosting a dinner party.Moments before your ...

Joy Resmovits

National Vocabulary Test Sheds Light On Reading 'Crisis', Experts Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 12.06.2012 | Education

If you can identify the meaning of the word "prospered" within a passage, chances are you know more vocabulary than most American high school seniors....

How Hip Hop Makes You Hate Yourself

Homeboy Sandman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Homeboy Sandman

"My daughter came up to me after listening to Nicki Minaj and asked me what a menage was. She's three years old." Wow. Words are powerful, aren't they?

I Am Not Amazed: The Shocking, Stunning, Mind-Blowing Rise of "Amazing"

Philip Goldberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | Books
Philip Goldberg

Is it too persnickety to ask that we curb our enthusiasm for "amazing"? Can we all please use it only when we are astonished, stunned, and blown away by something even a little miraculous? That would be awesome.