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  • 11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump

    02/20/2017 5:29:35 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/20/2017 | Tom Knighton
    To say that some people dislike Donald Trump may well be the understatement of the year. It's hard to imagine any duly elected president seeing so many protests in his first two months in office, yet here we are. It's so bad that now an 11-year-old in Annadale, New York, was docked 15 points on a homework assignment because she failed to answer a question demanding students bash Trump: Vincent Ungro, a dad from Annadale, New York, has an 11-year-old daughter who attends I.S. (Intermediate School) 75. She asked him for help with her vocabulary homework last Friday night because...
  • Online English Vocabulary Size Test

    07/14/2016 4:28:16 PM PDT · by Jed Eckert · 138 replies
    arealme.com ^ | July 12, 2016 | http://www.arealme.com/
    Ever wonder about your vocabulary size? Even if you are a daily English speaker or a native English speaker, you still might find this test challenging! We conducted academic research and looked at online resources to design the model of this quiz. We believe we've prepared the best quiz for you!
  • Trump's English skills ranked worst of all candidates

    03/18/2016 7:10:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 140 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/18/16 | Anna Giaritelli
    Donald Trump's use of vocabulary and grammar is more elementary than that of other candidates, according to a new study that compared the candidates' English language skills. The New York businessman's grammar was comparable to a 5th grader's, lower than the average 6th to 8th grade levels used by Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, according to a newly released Carnegie Mellon University's Language Technologies Institute study. Sanders scored highest in vocabulary, and was ranked at the level of an 11th grader. Trump was most comparable to a 7th...
  • Public School Sixth Graders Get SPERM BANK Vocabulary Question

    04/14/2015 10:33:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 14, 2015 | Eric Owens
    Sixth graders in a quiet Florida town saw a lot more vocabulary-lesson excitement than usual recently after a fill-in-the-blank question about porn magazines and the ethical considerations of sperm donation cropped up on an assignment. The kerfuffle occurred at Corkscrew Middle School, Fort Myers NBC affiliate WBBH reports. Here’s the question in full:
  • 10 words we've forgotten how to pronounce

    03/15/2015 3:38:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 184 replies
    The Week ^ | March 9, 2015 | James Harbeck
    Although English spelling is famously weird, there are at least some words that anyone learning English will easily get right — words like black, board, boat, clap, coat, cup, and hand. But put cup and board together and you get cupboard, which rhymes with Hubbard. Add kerchief to hand and you say it "hankerchif." Clearly English spelling is an evil trap devised to make the unaware look bad. "You said 'hand ker chief'? Oh. Ha ha. How terrible for you." So we learn these exceptions, and we use them often enough that we remember them. But there are some words...
  • New Vocabulary Item: Harf

    03/02/2015 12:54:06 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 30 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | February 27,2015
    Normally, oligarchical collectivists eliminate words by declaring them politically incorrect, thereby restricting our thoughts by restricting our vocabulary. But the Obama Regime has given us a new word:
  • A lesson in Newspeak

    02/01/2015 7:39:57 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    New Criterion ^ | January 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    My twelve-year-old recently finished George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. When I asked her whether she had taken any lessons from the book, she airily replied, “The individual is powerless, so there’s really no point in trying.” Alarmed, I tried to explain that the world was an altogether cheerier place than Orwell, writing in 1948, could have imagined. Unrepentant socialist as he was, he never overcame his belief that the free market was doomed. He would have been stunned by the way that seventy years of exchange and specialization have served not only to make us wealthier, but to make us more...
  • Fantasyland, U.S.A.

    12/23/2014 9:17:56 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-22-14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One way of reinventing reality is to warp the meaning of words. No president in memory has waged such a war on the English language as has Barack Obama — changing the meaning of vocabulary to hide what he fears might otherwise be unpopular.
  • Merriam-Webster's dictionary new words: 'Spoiler alert,' 'selfie,' 'catfish' and more for 2014

    05/19/2014 5:07:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Zap2it ^ | May 19, 2014
    The English language is always adding new words. Why, just a few years ago, there was no way to tell a social-networking fangirl that it was a spoiler alert to talk about who was catfished on MTV last night, nor was there a way to properly discuss a social networking hashtag of a steampunk tweep taking a selfie while listening to auto-tune dubstep. Merriam-Webster has fixed this by adding 150 new words to its official dictionary in 2014. Here are just some of the new additions:
  • New education plan: Take the “tricky vocabulary” out of the SAT exam (Because English is hard)

    03/07/2014 6:55:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/07/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Global observers have been sounding the klaxons for some time now when it comes to the American education system. We’re falling behind all of the smart countries, slowly sinking into a comfortable swamp populated by obese couch potatoes who gaze into their smart phone screens with glazed over eyes. The kids simply aren’t doing well enough on the SATs and the future looks dismal indeed.But this is ‘MERICA, people! We’re not going to take this lying down! If our kids aren’t doing well enough on the standardized tests, there’s a clear solution. We’ll make the tests easier. The organization that...
  • Can you pass this test?

    12/13/2013 11:25:10 AM PST · by pa_dweller · 71 replies
    gocomics.com ^ | 12-12-13 | Dan Thompson
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  • The Quickest Way To Learn New Vocabulary Words

    04/06/2013 3:11:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 14 replies
    EdArticle.com ^ | April 1, 2013 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Most words can be learned and taught most easily in groups, for example, words used by doctors, terms used every day by car mechanics, vocabulary typically heard in a lawyer’s office. Imagine a photograph of a scientific laboratory with captions on the key elements: test tube, bunsen burner, beaker, pipette, thermometer, technician, lab coat, goggles, periodic table, fume hood, centrifuge. A teacher can walk students through the lab, pointing out the most interesting sights. Quickly and naturally, children learn vocabulary, they have a glimpse of what scientists do, they learn about a new world that may excite their enthusiasm. Words...
  • Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows

    01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein
    “I’m ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration.” That’s a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun. The letter “just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off.” But it isn’t rare. In fact, Laermer says, it’s typical. “Lazy...
  • Border collie takes record for biggest vocabulary (1022 names)

    12/22/2010 6:53:43 PM PST · by decimon · 45 replies · 2+ views
    New Scientist ^ | December 22, 2010 | Jessica Griggs
    N THE age-old war between cats and dogs, canines might just have struck the killer blow. A border collie called Chaser has been taught the names of 1022 items - more than any other animal. She can also categorise them according to function and shape, something children learn to do around the age of 3. Chaser follows in the footsteps of Rico, who trained at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Rico had a "vocabulary" of 200 words and could identify new objects in a group of familiar objects by a process of elimination, according to...
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz No. 2

    04/05/2010 8:33:37 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 32 replies · 934+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 5, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. backset; 2. let on; 3. bonny-clabber; 4. palings; 5. redd up; 6. creel; 7. kindling; 8. hull; 9. nicker; 10. whenever. (I knew 5 of the 10, so that makes me 'bout half smart . . .)
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz

    03/29/2010 5:52:06 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 48 replies · 1,232+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 29, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in Eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English imported to this country by Scotch-Irish settlers. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. piece; 2. beal, bealing; 3. mend; 4. airish; 5. chancy; 6. muley; 7. bottom; 8. discomfit; 9. singlings; 10. fireboard . . . .
  • Hamas Vocabulary Lesson: Many Ways to Say 'Slaughter the Jews'

    09/26/2009 9:50:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 400+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 9/26/09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) A recent children's television program broadcast from Gaza teaches Muslim Arab children several different vocabulary words for "slaughtering" the Jews in the Land of Israel. The theme is hardly new for the Hamas-run station. Al-Aqsa TV broadcasts a children's program called "Tomorrow's Pioneers" featuring a live child actor and an adult actor dressed in an animal costume. The current "animal" co-host is Nassur the Bear, introduced earlier this year, who follows in the footsteps of Nahoul the Bee, Assoud the Rabbit, and Farfour, who was a Mickey Mouse lookalike. Themes promoted by all the characters include Islamic triumphalism, anti-Semitism,...
  • A Little Freeper Vocabulary Help Please (Vanity Question)

    10/10/2008 7:16:23 PM PDT · by Thickman · 65 replies · 1,504+ views
    I apologize in advance for my ignorance. I could not find anyplace on the site that gives a primer on certain vocabulary and abbreviations used. Specifically, I have no idea what "btt" means. I've picked up other franguage such as "hugh" and "series" but "btt" escapes me. Thanks for the heads up.
  • Muslim Groups Take Issue With McCain's Vocabulary

    04/22/2008 4:46:37 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 44 replies · 97+ views
    fox ^ | 04/21/08 | Brit Hume
    A coalition of American Muslim groups is demanding that presumptive Republican nominee John McCain stop using the word "Islamic" to describe terrorists. The Washington Times reports Islamic Society of North America's secretary general wants McCain to use something he calls "more acceptable to the Muslim community."
  • 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know [moiety???]

    07/23/2007 7:30:03 PM PDT · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 186 replies · 3,096+ views
    BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know. "The words we suggest," says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, "are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language." The following is the entire list of 100 words: abjure abrogate abstemious acumen antebellum auspicious belie bellicose bowdlerize chicanery chromosome churlish circumlocution circumnavigate deciduous deleterious diffident enervate...