Vocabulary

Smoking stinks

<b>Introduction</b><p>This lesson begins by focusing on some anti-smoking posters with students discussing the message and effectiveness of each one. They then …

World Health Organization

Bogan

G'day 'Straya,<p>A little while back, me and me mates at Four’N Twenty noticed a real lack of Aussie slang gettin around. And we weren’t too keen on …

Princeton/Adobe technology will let you edit voices like text

<i>Adam Finkelstein | VoCo: Text-based Insertion and Replacement in Audio Narration</i><p>Technology developed by Princeton University computer scientists may …

Software

Trending: Trump: He Was A Real 'nut Job'

<i>Nutjob</i> (“a mentally unbalanced person; a crazy person”) raced to the front of our lookups on May 19th, 2017, after it was reported that Donald Trump …

James B. Comey

Trending: Trump: There Was No 'Collusion'

<i>Collusion</i> (“secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful purpose”) snuck to the forefront of our lookups on May 18th, 2017, …

Donald Trump

Trending: Trump: 'Never A Special Councel Appointed!'

Lookups for both <i>council</i> and <i>counsel</i> spiked on May 18, 2017, after President Trump used the spelling <i>councel</i> in a tweet:<p>With all of the illegal acts …

Oxford Dictionary

Definition of ILL-NATURED

ILL–NATURED Defined for English Language Learners<p>ILL–NATURED Defined for Kids<p>Learn More about <i>ill–natured</i><p>Seen and Heard<p>What made you want to look up</i> …

Trending: Trump: 'I Say This With Great Surety'

Lookups for <i>surety</i> spiked on May 17, 2017, after President Trump used the word during a speech at the Coast Guard Academy:<p>Look at the way I've been …

Transform Your Words In 4 Steps

A 10-day challenge that will break destructive, habitual vocabulary.<p><i>“Without language, we find ourselves living in a state of emotional chaos. Our</i> …

Emotions

Trending: Trump: Comey Is A 'Showboat'

<i>Showboat</i>, lived up to the meaning of at least one of its several senses on May 11th, 2017, as it ostentatiously pushed its way to the front of the …

Donald Trump

supposititious

<b> Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 11, 2017 is:</b> <b>supposititious</b> • \suh-pah-zuh-TISH-us\ • <i>adjective</i><b><br>1 a :</b> fraudulently substituted <b>:</b> spurious<b>b :</b></i> …

Language

Trending: Huckabee Sanders: Comey Committed 'Basic Atrocities'

<i>Atrocity</i> was among our top lookups on May 10th, 2017, but for somewhat more benign reasons than one might imagine, given the usual meaning that is …

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Definition of PRETEXT

Examples of <i>pretext</i> in a sentence<p><i>She went back to her friend's house on the pretext that she had forgotten her purse.</i><p>Origin and Etymology of …

Language

Definition of LANUGINOUS

<i>lanuginous</i> was our Word of the Day on 05/09/2017. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

Language

Trending: Yates: As 'Fulsome' And Comprehensive As Possible

<i>Fulsome</i>, a word of great semantic breadth, was among our took lookups on May 8th, 2017, after Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, used …

Language

Is there a difference between 'steps' and 'stairs'?

In perhaps their most basic uses, <i>stairs</i> and <i>steps</i> share a single meaning. Both refer to a series of steps—those "structures consisting of a riser and …

Architecture

Definition of EN

EN Defined for English Language Learners<p>EN- Defined for Kids<p>Learn More about <i>en</i><p>Seen and Heard<p>What made you want to look up <i>en</i>? Please tell us where you …

iPhone

Memory Race - ESL Vocabulary Games for Kids & Adults

This memory race game is more directed at children to help them recall vocabulary, but it could still be adapted to suit adult classes with some …

Teaching

Word Whack - ESL Vocabulary Games for Kids & Adults

Here is a fun and interactive game that will engage younger learners and help with their listening skills. It is also a fun way to review simple …

Language

Definition of OSSIFICATION

<i>1</i><i>a</i><b>:</b> the process of bone formation usually beginning at particular centers in each prospective bone and involving the activities of special …

Health

Definition of MNEMONIC

<i>mnemonic</i> was our Word of the Day on 10/06/2011. Hear the podcast!<p>Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP<p>Get Word of the Day …

Language

Save Our Slang

G'day 'Straya,<p>I’m tryin’ ta’ get everyday Aussies like you and me speakin’ the beautiful language that made our country great.<p>That’s right, I’m …

Language

How to Expand Your Vocabulary

Throughout the last few years I have invested a significant amount of effort into expanding my vocabulary. I have found some methods to be more …

Language

Social Science Research Institute

Our brains process foreign-accented speech with better real-time accuracy if we can identify the accent we hear, according to a team of …

Language

Language Building with Super Skills Box; Strengthening Vocabulary Words

There’s a ton of ways you can help strengthen your child’s vocabulary. Now there’s a new subscription box that promises language building in just 4 …

Kids

Trending: James Comey: 'Mildly Nauseous'

<i>Nauseous</i> (“affected with nausea or disgust”) rose, much like the gorge of a nauseated child who has feasted overmuch on taffy and been forced to …

Grammar

'Un-': You Don't Always Have to Be So Negative

When we are introduced to prefixes in school, <i>un-</i> is one of the first we are taught, probably because the idea of negation is relatively easy to …

Puff Pastry

From 'Ale' to 'Zymurgy': 8 Words About Beer : Bitter

<i>Ale</i> is a word that is as old as English itself, dating to the 12th century. It’s distinguished from <i>lager</i> by usually being top-fermented, meaning that …

Beer

Definition of MAJORDOMO

<i>plural</i><p>majordomos<p><i>1</i> : a head steward of a large household (such as a palace)<p><i>3</i> : a person who speaks, makes arrangements, or takes charge for another;</i> …

Medieval

Trending: Amanpour: 'Did Misogyny Play A Role In The Loss?'

Lookups for <i>misogyny</i> spiked 10,042% over the hourly average on May 2, 2017, following an interview with Hillary Clinton by CNN's Christiane Amanpour, …

Feminism