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What's 'Good' About Trump: America's (Inadvertent) Excellent Vocabulary Lesson

Kerrie Houston Reightley | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Kerrie Houston Reightley

Pathetically, Trump doesn't realize that the reason why we women can't take our eyes off of him, is not because it's as if Chris Hemsworth has moved in next door, and we're hoping to get a glimpse of him weeding his garden. It's more like Trump is the weird, old, white guy (with ever-changing, drug-store hair color) who has suddenly parked in our neighborhood in his weird, old, white van, and we can't take our eyes off of him, for fear of what he will do next.

Mental Illness Is Not A Personal Flaw -- It’s A Health Condition

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Our cultural lexicon can trend toward the dramatic. A really good TV show is going off the air? We’re “depressed.” A political candidate propose...

A Painless Way to Replace 'I'm Sorry'

Heather Furby | Posted 03.11.2016 | Business
Heather Furby

Last year I wrote a post about "stop saying I'm sorry" and remove the word "just" and other apologetic words from our female vocabulary. And now I'm going to say... I'm sorry!

The Stories Behind Our Emotional Vocabulary

Sebastian Castro | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sebastian Castro

So, how are you feeling today? Happy? Sad? Stressed? Now dig a little deeper. How are you really feeling? Perhaps not so much happy, but excited. And...

Bilingual Learning: Double the Vocabulary, Double the Time?

Kevin M. Wong | Posted 02.19.2016 | Education
Kevin M. Wong

With the United States becoming increasingly diverse, and school districts beginning to make accommodations that promote bilingualism, one of the most...

10 Modern Travel Words You Need To Know

Shanti Burton | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Shanti Burton

We've all heard of the terms globetrotters, day trippers and wanderlust but have you heard of glamping, a solivagant or mancations?

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2016 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

Dinnertime Storytelling Makes Kids Voracious Readers

The Conversation US | Posted 09.21.2016 | Parents
The Conversation US

Here are some of the connections I researched while working on my book, Home for Dinner. And remember, none of these requires a gourmet meal or a trip to the bookstore. Library books and a takeout pizza are just as good.

Parents, Please Pay Your Kids (Week 2 of Senior Year)

Lillian Sims | Posted 08.24.2016 | Education
Lillian Sims

I doubt any took that message home, so parents, I'm asking you: please, will you pay your children to learn? I need your help to convince your children that education is not all punishment. You don't have to pay them in physical money. You can pay them in high-fives, in big smiles and in ice cream trips.

Words Matter

Dorothy Howe Kelley | Posted 07.10.2016 | Parents
Dorothy Howe Kelley

In this age of texting, cringe-worthy slang and the elimination of cursive handwriting taught in schools, can we take a collective moment and mourn the passing of grammar, as we once knew it? Admittedly, I was a word-thirsty kid.

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, o...

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!