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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,...

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!

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.

Words That Shaped Last Week: 'iPhone 5,' '47 Percent,' and 'Robsten'

Vanity Fair | Posted 11.24.2012 | Media
Vanity Fair

For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.

26 Wonderful Words You've Never Heard Before

Posted 07.03.2012 | Arts

We've all heard "A is for 'apple' and B is for 'boy,'" but have you ever heard "A is for 'Acersecomic' and B is for 'Biblioclasm'"? We didn't think so...

What Words Will You Never Use Again?

Posted 04.26.2012 | College

After college, there are some words you will never have to use again. In some cases, it's refreshing to not have to say you are going to the libra...

How Girls Are Changing The Way We All Talk

The New York Times | Posted 02.28.2012 | Women

The linguistic quirks of teenage girls remain a topic of fascination among researchers, who note that young girls often start vocal trends. And as a n...

Cancer, a New View: Talk About Change

Leigh Fortson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Leigh Fortson

If you subscribe -- even remotely -- to the power of the marriage between our minds and bodies, then you, too, might cringe at the notion that a condition is incurable.

Oral Language Experiences for Young Learners

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 12.19.2011 | Latino Voices
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

When your child reads, he or she looks at the written words on a page and decides what spoken words the written words represent. But that doesn't help him understand what he is reading unless he also knows the meanings of those spoken words.

PHOTOS: 13 Local Words You'll Need To Travel The U.S.

Mim Harrison | Posted 10.09.2011 | Books
Mim Harrison

We Americans should all be talking the same by now. Television, chain stores and texting should surely have expunged from our tongues all those quirky regionalisms.