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Preparing Teachers for 21st-Century Learning

By: Bill Taylor. How are teachers being developed to use educational technology in a way that best supports a student’s ability to learn?The post …

Education Technology

6 traits of great writing—according to a fourth-grade teacher

I’ve written several posts about my 10-year-old son and his developing writing skills. And though he may not share my alacrity for writing, his …

Creative Writing

The Latest: UN condemns attacks on Saudi missions in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest developments after Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with Tehran amid a dispute over Riyadh's execution of an opposition Shiite cleric and attacks on Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran. (All times local.)<p>4:25 a.m.<p>The U.N. Security Council is condemning the attacks by …

South Asia

66 Facts You May Not Have Known About The English Language

The English language is, quite literally, the greatest language in the world. Great in terms of size - the current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 615,000 entries. Great in terms of scope -- it's an official language in seventy-nine countries and territories. And great in terms …

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Just as there is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes, there is nothing certain in language but that it will change, and that people …

Language

How We Got “Please” and “Thank You”

<i>“A good thing to think about is what kind of face to make when you say please,”</i> Ruth Krauss wrote in her magnificent final collaboration with Maurice Sendak. “That coat will be the last gift [your mother] gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life. Say thank …

42 Old English Insults

Besides being the greatest writer in the history of the English language, William Shakespeare was the master of the pithy put-down. So the nervous …

Language

Where Did the @ Symbol Come From?

<i>Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and is known for her Grammar Girl website, podcast, and games.</i><p>How Old Is the @ Symbol?<p>Every …

Two Dozen 15,000-Year-Old Words We Still Use Today

A new study identifies the 23 words you need to know in case you accidentally set your time machine to 13,000 BC.<p>Language is flexible, fluid, and ever-changing–something we’re reminded every year when Merriam Webster adds words like “Bootylicious” to the dictionary. But that evolution isn’t just a …

The 20 Least-Known Words In English

But the meanings of some words confuse people of both genders.<p>The Center for Reading Research analyzed the first 480,000 results of Ghent University's online vocabulary test and found the words English speakers know the least. Actually, people didn't think they were words at all.<p>In the online …

Language

The History of the English Language, Animated

The history of language, that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics. From the fine folks …

Only 10 Words Make Up 25% Of The English Language

Those ten words, listed in order of frequency, comprise around 25% of the recorded English language, according to an ambitious project at Oxford University.<p>The project, called the Oxford English Corpus, is a growing database of examples from 21st-century English, ranging from literature and …

Language Learning

100 Random Facts About The English Language

This month, words and trivia Twitter account @HaggardHawks turns one year old. Since December 2013, we've been tweeting obscure words, surprising etymologies and bizarre linguistic facts every day, covering everything from <i>abature</i> (that's the trail of trampled grass an animal leaves behind it) and</i> …

10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using

If you learn just ten old words this month, let them be these, from Mark Forsyth's <i>The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt Through the Lost Words of the</i> …

Etymology

56 Delightful Victorian Slang Terms You Should Be Using

In 1909, writing under the pseudonym James Redding Ware, British writer Andrew Forrester published <i>Passing English of the Victorian era, a dictionary</i> …

20 Latin Phrases You Should Be Using

You’d probably be surprised by how much Latin you actually already know. Hundreds of words—like <i>memo</i>, <i>alibi</i>, <i>agenda</i>, <i>census</i>, <i>veto</i>, <i>alias</i>, <i>via</i>, <i>alumni</i>,</i> …

11 Words With Meanings That Have Changed Drastically Over Time

People sometimes tell you you’re misusing a word and cite the Latin origin as proof. Don’t fall for the etymological fallacy.What a word means …

What’s the Difference Between In- and Un-?

English has two different prefixes that make a word into its opposite. OK, yes, there are more than two (dis-, a-, anti-, de-, etc.), but in- and un- …

The Arts

10 Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

President's Day

11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

Haters gonna hate. And with the Greek roots <i>mis-</i> and <i>miso-</i>, they can hate a whole lot of stuff.<p>1. Misodoctakleidist<p>Someone who hates practicing the …

Baking

11 Rules of Grammar

You can reach more bravely into the scary world of sentence construction and accurate communication if you are armed with grammar guidelines. These …

Language

40 Quirky Q-Words To Add To Your Vocabulary

<i>Q</i> is the least used letter of the English alphabet. In fact, according to Oxford Dictionaries, you can expect <i>q</i> to account for less than a fifth of 1 …

Language

25 Words That Don’t Mean What They Used To

When the English clergyman Thomas Fuller used the word <i>unfriended</i> in a letter dating from 1659, we can be pretty sure he wasn’t talking about his …

Language

The historical origins of 6 swear words

In fact, Americans swear so often, the US made airing indecent or profane language during certain times a federal crime. Cue the FCC.<p>For the sake of knowledge though, we looked into the etymology of a few of these words. (Some of which violate our style guide!) Learn where they originated below.<p>The …

Language

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Ancient History