The Answer Sheet: Words


Posted at 12:15 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Words that should be banned in 2014 (selfie, twerk, etc.)

There are 13 winners, or, rather, losers.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:15 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Words

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Why 2013 ‘word of the year’ is ‘selfie’ and not ‘twerk’

Everything you never knew you wanted to know about “selfie” and other new words.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:12 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Words

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013

There Joel Klein goes again

Klein made some statements in a New York Times Magazine article that deserve a closer look. Here it is.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joel Klein, Parsing His Words

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Twerk, MOOC, girl crush -- words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

There's also geek chic, selfie, blondie, and plenty more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:01 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Complete List, Dictionary Words, New Vocabulary List

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Appreciating teachers (for a change)

Here are some thoughts through history about teachers and their impact, from Socrates to Jon Stewart.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Quotes Throughout History, Some Kind Words, Teachers

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Top 10 words you should use more in 2013

Here is the fifth annual "Wayne State's Word Warriors" list of words it says "deserve to be used more often in conversation and prose."

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  etc., Troglodyte, Vocabulary Words

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 10/16/2010

It’s Dictionary Day! Learn some weird words

It's Noah Webster's birthday, or, Dictionary Day! Celebrate the glory of words by learning some new ones, like "hebesphenomegacorona."

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:13 AM ET, 10/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reading | Tags:  dictionaries, dictionary day, noah webster, webster, weird woods, words

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/02/2010

The most common mispellings, er, misspellings

The National Spelling Bee is being held this week in Washington D.C. to promote perfect spelling. But what about those words that constantly trip us up?

By Valerie Strauss  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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