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  • 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 · 43 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...
  • Buzzword for 2006

    12/24/2006 4:31:19 PM PST · by Thywillnotmine · 30 replies · 2,066+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Dec. 24, 2006 | Grant Barrett
    anchor baby: a derogatory term for a child born in the United States to an immigrant. Since these children automatically qualify as American citizens, they can later act as a sponsor for other family members. frequent flier: a repeat offender; a recidivist; generally, a person who regularly or habitually uses or takes advantage of a service. From the airline industry term but now widely used in hospitals and by police officials. Fox lips: lips colored and lined with makeup to seem more prominent, said of female anchors on Fox News. God wink: something taken as evidence that a higher power...
  • Foreign terms to have Russian equivalents

    11/21/2006 12:04:37 AM PST · by eastern · 18 replies · 554+ views
    Russia-IC ^ | November 17, 2006 | Olga Pletneva
    Russian businessmen and civil servants will soon be prohibited to say “dollar” and use other familiar vocabulary: all foreign financial terms must be replaced with Russian equivalents. Excess of foreign financial terms turned out to make Russian legislators outrage. All legislation in the RF must be held in Russian, but the vast majority of business and financial terms have no analogues in the native language. The terminology problem is getting more and more acute with every passing month, as Russian people are gradually getting familiar with public investments. In keeping with statistics, over half of the population of the country...
  • (Michelle Malkin) How do you score on this post 9/11 vocabulary test?

    09/07/2006 2:09:23 PM PDT · by weegee · 45 replies · 1,909+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 6, 2006, 9:57PM | By MICHELLE MALKIN
    What have you learned since the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago? The mass murder of 2,996 innocent people on American soil forced open my eyes to the Islamic holy war against the West, freedom and modernity. The battle has raged not for years or decades, but for centuries — well before the Crusades began. The indelible sight of workers plunging from the Twin Towers — head first, feet first, solo, hand-in-hand — roused me from slumber. The photos of children incinerated on United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 77 compelled me to start paying attention to the...
  • The Origin of the Word Iran

    07/20/2006 6:08:23 PM PDT · by madison10 · 23 replies · 2,189+ views
    Bartleby.com ^ | 2000 | The American Heritage Dictionary
    ARYAN and Iran ETYMOLOGY: From Sanskrit rya-, noble, Aryan. OTHER FORMS: Ary·an —ADJECTIVE WORD HISTORY:It is one of the ironies of history that Aryan, a word nowadays referring to the blond-haired, blue-eyed physical ideal of Nazi Germany, originally referred to a people who looked vastly different. Its history starts with the ancient Indo-Iranians, Indo-European peoples who inhabited parts of what are now Iran, Afghanistan, and India. Their tribal self-designation was a word reconstructed as *arya– or *rya–. The first of these is the form found in Iranian, as ultimately in the name of Iran itself (from Middle Persian rn (ahr),...
  • Archaic Words in the NIV

    05/25/2006 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Full Court · 107 replies · 1,155+ views
    Jesus is Savior.com ^ | unknown | Dr. L. Vance
    Archaic Words in the NIVAdapted from, Archaic Words in the NIV by Dr. Laurence M. Vance featured at Dial the-Truth Ministries Website   NIV BIBLE VERSE AV abasement Ezra 9:5 heaviness abashed Is 24:23 confounded abutted Ezek 40:18 over against acclamation 2 Chr 15:14 voice aghast Is 13:8 amazed alcove Ezek 40:13 little chamber annotations 2 Chr 13:22 story armless Num 31:50 chains bewilderment Acts 2:6 confounded blunted Ps 58:7 cut in pieces blustering Job 8:2 strong breakers Ps 93:4 waves brooches Ex 35:22 bracelets brood Is 57:4 children burnished Dan 10:6 polished carnelian Rev 4:3 sardine charioteers I...
  • Iraqis Want Coalition Vocabulary Change

    12/09/2005 6:33:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 527+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 9, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 9, 2005 – Changing perceptions and perspectives here mean changes in vocabulary: "Sunni insurgents" is out, "Saddamists" is in. American officials here said Iraqi officials have asked by them to stop calling groups opposed to the coalition "Sunni insurgents." The idea is that a great many Sunni Arabs are moderate and want democracy for Iraq, officials explained. Coalition officials have hit on the term "Iraqi rejectionists" to refer to those people who want to participate in the election process, but still launch attacks on coalition forces. Coalition officials also said many Iraqis want to change the perception that...
  • The John Kerry Vocabulary Game

    10/17/2004 7:46:02 PM PDT · by punster · 233 replies · 3,384+ views
    Aelf | 10/17/2004 | punster
    I had a fun idea: We could have a game coming up with words and phrases to describe John Kerry. The game starts with someone posting a word that starts with "A". Then, someone will follow with a word starting with "B", and so on. When we reach "Z", we will start again with new words. When we start the next cycle, post the list of the previous words used for that letter, so that we will not repeat. The usual warning about profanities applies, do not spell them out completely. I hope it is an interesting exercise
  • Word For The Day

    06/15/2004 4:05:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 307 replies · 223+ views
    My files, courtesy of dictionary.com | June 15, 2004 | secret garden
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, June 15, 2004 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". [enjoin \en-JOIN\, transitive verb] [1. To direct or impose with authority; to order. 2. To prohibit; to forbid. / While the Qur'an contains a number of references, some direct and some oblique, to the other four pillars, in only one place does it specifically enjoin fasting during the month of Ramadan: "O you faithful, fasting is ordained for you in the same way that it was...
  • Author Offers Ten Tips on Eliminating Profanity from One's Vocabulary

    05/11/2003 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 74 replies · 453+ views
    Cheyenne, Wyoming,Tribune-Eagle ^ | 05-11-03 | Olson, Ilene
    Cussed out By Ilene Olson Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE (WTE) – More than a vocabulary change is needed for people who want to stop cussing, said Jim O’Connor, author of “Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing.” “That’s part of it – a better choice of words,” O’Connor said. But it’s also changing your tone and changing your attitude toward things. Learn to cope, not cuss. Accept the fact that things go wrong. “Tell people how you feel diplomatically. Rather than labeling the person, label the behavior. Instead of calling somebody an f-ing idiot...
  • That's not a beer belly, it's a liquid grain-storage facility

    01/14/2003 4:14:25 AM PST · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 1,465+ views
    The Irish Independent ^ | January 14, 2003 | Eddie Lennon
    There's a whole new world of PC substitutes out there, says EDDIE LENNON. Time was when political correctness was the wet blanket of every conversation. You had to tiptoe around your own vocabulary like a mouse faced with a cheese-laden mousetrap, terrified of ensnaring yourself by just being yourself. Every chit-chat became a series of conversational booby-traps, each of them just waiting to help you offend one minority or another by a less than fully premeditated remark. For a short time that somehow seemed like forever, everything became so PC that life was like one eternally stilted dinner party, redolent...
  • French balk @ official email vocab (HOLD MON VIN ALERT)

    12/11/2002 1:28:52 AM PST · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 342+ views
    BBC News ^ | December 11, 2002 | BBC News
    Controversy has erupted in France after the linguistic authorities gave the @ character a name no French email user has ever heard of. Translations of @ Czech: zavinac (pickled herring) Russian: sobachka (little dog) Italian: Chiocciola (small snail) Hebrew: strudel (Austrian cake) Until now, the French have had a choice between "arobase", a popular word derived from the Spanish, and - for the anglophile - "at". But the General Commission for Terminology and Neologisms - the government body charged with coining new French words - has decided that the proper word should be "arrobe". However there are no guarantees that...
  • 'Homosexual' is banned (POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD ALERT)

    11/26/2002 11:42:29 PM PST · by MadIvan · 95 replies · 1,270+ views
    The Sun ^ | November 27, 2002 | DAVID WOODING
    GAYS have had the word homosexual banned by the Government because they say it is offensive. Ministers want it written out of their vocabulary after complaints that it was outdated. Instead they will refer to those with an “orientation towards people of the same sex”. Homosexual, coined 130 years ago, will be ditched under anti-discrimination laws drawn up by equality minister Barbara Roche. Whitehall officials will be told not to use the term in official documents, speeches, press releases or white papers. Last night a spokesman for Mrs Roche, 48, denied the move was political correctness. He said: “There was...
  • Word For The Day, Friday 9/27/02

    09/27/2002 6:28:08 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 162 replies · 234+ views
    9/27/02 | Mistress Bella and Miss Rika
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Today is FReestyle FRiday! PLease use any of the words assigned this week in your homework. Extra credit and cookies will be given to students who use more than one. This weeks words:...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday 9/26/02

    09/26/2002 12:03:01 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 261 replies · 401+ views
    The Verbivores | 9/26/02 | Mistress Bella and Miss Rika
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... eleemosynary \el-e-MOS-i-ner-ee; el-ee-uh-MOS-i-ner-ee\, adjective: eleemosynary, nouneleemosynaries, plural 1. Relating to charity, alms, or alms-giving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, ``an eleemosynary corporation.'' 2. Given in charity or alms; having the nature...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday 9/25/02

    09/25/2002 6:45:01 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 96 replies · 315+ views
    The Verbivores | 9/25/02 | Mistress Bella and Miss Rika
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... assiduous \uh-SIJ-oo-us\, adjective: 1. 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive; unremitting. 2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, assiduous labor. "I can scarcely find time to write you...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday 9/24/02

    09/24/2002 12:09:53 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 233 replies · 283+ views
    The Verbivores | 9/24/02 | Mistress Bella and Miss Rika
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... animadversion \an-uh-mad-VUR-zhun\, noun: 1. Harsh criticism or disapproval. 2. Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure; adverse criticism; reproof; blame. Etymology: Animadversion is from Latin animadversio, animadversion-, from animadversus, past participle...
  • Word For The Day 9/12/02 Thursday

    09/12/2002 6:05:10 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 458 replies · 385+ views
    dictionary.com ^ | 9/12/02 | me
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... desuetude \Des"ue*tude\, n: 1. a state of inactivity or disuse The desuetude abrogated the law, which, before, custom had established. --Jer. Taylor. Etymology:[L. desuetudo, from desuescere, to grow out of use, disuse; de...
  • Word For The Day 9/10/02 Tuesday

    09/10/2002 6:32:33 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 339 replies · 300+ views
    dictionary.com ^ | 9/10/02 | me
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... recrimation\rih-krim-uh-NAY-shuhn\, n: recrimate, v 1. The act of returning one charge or accusation with another. 2. An accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation. Etymology: Recrimination is from Medieval...
  • Word For The Day 9/09/02 Monday

    09/09/2002 12:47:51 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 704 replies · 416+ views
    merriam online | 9/09/02 | me
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... interlocutor\in-t&r-'lä-ky&-t&r \, n: 1 : one who takes part in dialogue or conversation 2 : a man in the middle of the line in a minstrel show who questions the end men and...
  • Word For The Day 9/06/02 Friday

    09/06/2002 6:19:38 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 185 replies · 580+ views
    webster merriam; dictionary.com | 9/06/02 | me
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... probity\'prO-b&-tE \, n: 1.adherence to the highest principles and ideals 2.Complete and confirmed integrity “He was a gentlemanly Georgian, a person of early American probity” (Mary McGrory). Etymology:Middle English probite, from Old French,...
  • Word For The Day 9/05/02

    09/05/2002 6:21:23 AM PDT · by Bella_Bru · 337 replies · 461+ views
    9/05/02 | me
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “word for the day”. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the “word of the day”; in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... invidious\In*vid"i*ous\, a: In*vid\"i*ous*ly, adv. -- In*vid\"i*ous*ness, n. 1. Worthy of envy; desirable; enviable. Agamemnon found it an invidious affair to give the preference to any one of the Grecian heroes. --Broome. Etymology: From...
  • Parents try to fire teacher for assigning "niggardly" as a vocabulary word

    09/01/2002 10:48:35 AM PDT · by gitmo · 264 replies · 1,255+ views
    The Wilmington Star ^ | Sept 1, 2002 | Sherry Jones
    Parent offended by lesson in vocabulary</font< Use of a word that sounds like a racial slur has landed a New Hanover County teacher in the middle of a controversy. Stephanie Bell, a fourth-grade teacher at Williams Elementary School, taught the word "niggardly" to her class last week in an effort to improve her students' vocabularies. Now, a parent wants her fired. Niggardly as defined by Webster's: adj. 1. reluctant to give or spend; stingy;miserly2. meanly or ungenerously small or scanty Although the word means stingy, Akwana Walker said it was inappropriate to use it because it sounds similar to a...