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CollectionIt's the Most Word-ful Time of the Year!Unwrap This Collection of December-y Lists
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  • 12 Words'Tis The Season: Words For Giving Thursday, December 1
  • 20 WordsWhinnying and Whickering: National Horse Day, December 13
  • 13 WordsIt's Lit: Hanukkah Words, December 18–December 26
  • 13 WordsCelestial Words To Mark The Winter Solstice, December 21
  • 15 WordsJoy To The Word: Christmas Terms, December 25
  • 14 WordsKwanzaa Vocabulary: December 26–January 1
  • 66 WordsChristmas Carol Vocab: A Lyrical Lexicon
CollectionMuch Ado About Stuffing: Thanksgiving VocabularyFeast on This Cornucopia of Tasty Terms
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  • 13 WordsA Recipe for Success: Thanksgiving Cooking Words
  • 16 WordsEat Your Words
  • 25 WordsThe Melting Pot: Food Words from Other Languages
  • 106 WordsWords to Know Before You Defrost the Bird
  • 15 WordsStairway To Leaven: Baking Vocabulary
CollectionA World of WordsCelebrate Geography Awareness Week with Essential Vocabulary
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  • 123 WordsPhysical Geography - Introductory
  • 168 WordsWorld Religions
  • 134 WordsHuman Geography - Middle School
  • 85 WordsWorld Cuisine - Introductory
  • 128 WordsAfrica - Introductory
  • 128 WordsEast Asia - Introductory
  • 115 WordsWorld Cuisine - Middle School and High School
  • 207 WordsPhysical Geography - Middle School
  • 219 WordsPhysical Geography - High School
  • 202 WordsHuman Geography - High School
  • 29 WordsPolitical Geography - Middle School
  • 55 WordsPolitical Geography - High School
  • 98 WordsCanada - Introductory
  • 115 WordsCanada - Middle School and High School
  • 92 WordsMexico - Introductory
  • 138 WordsMexico - Middle School
  • 140 WordsMexico - High School
  • 165 WordsThe United States
  • 110 WordsSouth America - Introductory
  • 145 WordsSouth America - Middle School
  • 148 WordsSouth America - High School
  • 102 WordsCentral America and the Caribbean - Introductory
  • 152 WordsCentral America and the Caribbean - Middle School and High School
  • 84 WordsEastern Europe - Introductory
  • 136 WordsEastern Europe - Middle School and High School
  • 102 WordsRussia - Introductory
  • 149 WordsRussia - Middle School and High School
  • 165 WordsWestern Europe - Introductory
  • 252 WordsWestern Europe - Middle School and High School
  • 275 WordsAfrica - Middle School
  • 278 WordsAfrica - High School
  • 110 WordsSoutheast Asia - Introductory
  • 170 WordsSoutheast Asia - Middle School
  • 171 WordsSoutheast Asia - High School
  • 110 WordsAustralia and New Zealand - Introductory
  • 128 WordsAustralia and New Zealand - Middle School and High School
  • 54 WordsPacific Islands - Introductory
  • 84 WordsPacific Islands - Middle School and High School
  • 156 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - Introductory
  • 261 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - Middle School
  • 265 WordsThe Middle East and Central Asia - High School
  • 125 WordsSouth Asia - Introductory
  • 178 WordsSouth Asia - Middle School and High School
  • 186 WordsEast Asia - Middle School
  • 187 WordsEast Asia - High School
  1. Essential Election Season VocabularyWords for Making Sense of Politics and Elections
    Election season brings an onslaught of campaign ads and news stories full of buzzwords about voting and the political...
  2. A Bounty of November VocabularyFeast on This Banquet of Tasty Terms
    November is stuffed with word-worthy occasions. From Native American Heritage Month to Election Day, Veteran’s Day,...
  3. If You’ve Got It, Haunt It: October VocabularyRake Up This Pile of Words for Autumnal Occasions
    Fill your harvest basket with these festive lists that celebrate October’s many word-worthy events. From the World...
  4. On the Job: Labor Day VocabularyWords for Work
    Whether you have a boss, are a boss, or haven't yet entered the labor force, this collection is a toolbox full of useful...
  5. September SamplerVocabulary for This Month's Holidays, Occasions, and Events
    Ahoy there! Talk Like a Pirate Day is just one of the fun happenings on this month's calendar. Celebrate September the...
  6. On the ContraryExplore This Collection of Antithetical Terminology
    Do you find opposites attractive? Then this is the collection for you. These lists are all variations on the theme, from...
  7. The Wide Words of SportsGet Your Game On with These Sports-Related Vocab Words
    Want a winning vocabulary? Ace vocabulary from tennis, tackle words from football, knock it out of the park with...
  8. Synonyms
    Don't try to use a thesaurus to find a synonym for useless. The results will be futile. Instead, look through this...
  9. Dog Days: The Words of AugustGet This Collection While It's Hot!
    We’ve fetched a collection of well-groomed words for August. There’s a list related to the month's name, a list of words...
  10. Positive and Negative Words to Describe a Person
    If you're looking for the perfect adjective to describe your dearest friend, your worst enemy, or characters in a piece...
  11. Reality CheckWords for What’s True and What’s False
    Separate fact from fiction with this collection of words that covers the spectrum from truth to lies and everything in...
  12. Space Is the Place: A Galaxy of Far Out WordsTake your vocabulary to infinity and beyond!
    Whether you're into science or science fiction, or you just love staring at the night sky, there's a universe of stellar...

Just for Fun Vocabulary Lists:

Memorial Day Words

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called in the localities in which it was celebrated, began as an occasion for decorating the graves of soldiers who had died fighting in the U.S. Civil war. Declared a national holiday in 1966, it is traditionally observed by decorating fallen soldiers' graves, honoring them with parades, speeches, and concerts, and gathering for picnics and family gatherings. Celebrate Memorial Day with these words that help promote an understanding of the holiday's meaning. Then look for more meaning in the day by learning vocabulary from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and recite the famous memorial oration on this solemn day.
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Motherlode: A Mother's Day Lexicon

Mothers do so many things, which is why a good nap may be the best gift you can give your own mom on Mother's Day. Still, you might want to offer Mom a few words of appreciation, so here's a list of 13 verbs that get to the heart of what mothers do. Read more here: A Motherlode of Vocabulary for Mother's Day
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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Words

Rejoice, Star Wars fans! May the 4th is National Star Wars Day! The epic film series launched plenty of words—like Jedi and Wookiee—but it also made use of existing words, giving them a new spin, and a new force, if you will. Our Star Wars lexicon will serve you well in any galaxy. Read the full article here.
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Eid Al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is a worldwide religious holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. Here is a link to the full article written by Wardah Abbas: How Do Muslims Celebrate Eid? The Beauty of Eid Explained.
15 Words

Stump Speech: Tree Terminology

Turn over a new lexical leaf and branch out with this list of arboreal vocabulary. Learning these words will really spruce up your language!
20 Words

For Grilled Cheese Day, Vocab with a Twist

National Grilled Cheese Day is celebrated on April 12. To show our appreciation for this iconic sandwich, we present a metaphorical "grilled cheese" sandwich — synonyms for grill, as in "question strenuously," plus synonyms for cheesy, as in "tacky." (Tomato soup not included.)
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Tricky Terms for April Fool's Day

You'd be a fool not to learn these words related to pranks, jokes, and deceit. For more on the history of these words, read The Cunning, Risible Holiday of April Fool's Day.
20 Words

Instead of "Said": Words for Upbeat Banter

Rejoice! When it comes to expressing how people talk when they're happy, there are lots of cheerful choices to use instead of "said". So learn these words from the lexicon of laughter and good vibes, and you’ll be glad you did!
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And the Oscar Goes to... Award-worthy Words

The Academy Awards are a spectacle of fashion, fame and — oh yeah — movies! Whether you’re writing a screenplay or a ransom note, your vocabulary can be blockbuster stuff. Here’s a list of terms you’re most likely to hear on Oscar night. And for more on Oscar Night words, read the full article here on our blog: We'd Like to Thank the Academy...
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Material World: Shopping Lingo

Attention, Holiday Shoppers! Stock up on these words related to consumer culture. They're a real bargain, and a great vocabulary never goes out of style. Read the full article: Attention, Shoppers! The Pricey Language of Consumerism.
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Eat Your Words

We’ve all been advised to not talk with our mouths full. It makes you wonder why there are so many words related to hunger and the act of eating. Whether you are feasting or on a diet, here is some essential eating vocabulary. Feast on this related article: A Cornucopia of Words: Thanksgiving Lingo is Food for Thought
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In a Pickle: Words for When You're in Trouble

When you’ve painted yourself in a corner, stirred up a hornet’s nest, or put yourself between a rock and a hard place, perhaps the best thing to do is talk about it, and that’s why there are so many expressions for being in a pickle. Whether you're up a creek without a paddle or just want to be prepared for future predicaments, these words will have you covered. For a deeper dive into the barrel, check out: Celebrate National Pickle Day the Wordy Way
15 Words

Be Nice!

Whether you're making a special effort to practice kindness — or thanking someone else for a thoughtful gesture — these words will come in handy.
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Veterans Day Vocabulary

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th in the United States as a day to honor all military personnel, whether they served in times of war or peace. The official holiday began in 1919 as Armistice Day, a year after the date that marked the end of World War I. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a law that changed the name of this national holiday to Veterans Day.
15 Words

Flying High: Aviation Words

Is your vocabulary on autopilot? Learn these terms related to aviation, and you'll soar to new lexical heights. You might even get upgraded to first class!
16 Words

Election Lingo

Vote for vocabulary! Learn these words associated with elections.
20 Words

Baseball: A Lexicon

From spring training and opening day right up through the World Series, baseball (a.k.a. our national pastime) is a sport with rabid fans. It's also known for having plenty of downtime, so why not practice the language of the game during the many hours it'll take to wrap up all nine innings?
20 Words

Tyrannosaurus Lex(icon)

Study these paleontology terms and bone up on dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. You'll also unearth information about fossils, geology, and more.
25 Words

Dictionary Words: Lexicography Lingo

You already know that dictionaries contain oodles of words that describe everything in the universe. But did you ever think about all the words that are used to describe dictionaries? Here some of the terms used by dictionary writers and dictionary readers, like you!
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The Lingo of Body Language

There’s more to language than what we say or write. The things we do physically can say a lot — even without words. And even though body language is word-less, there are lots of terms for describing the gestures, postures, and facial expressions we make when we want to say something without uttering a single word.
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Shear Genius: Hairy Vocabulary

October 1 is National Hair Day (though it doesn't specify good or bad). Whatever length, color, or style you're rocking, this list will make your vocabulary a cut above. Comb on in and brush up on your tonsorial terms!
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It's All in the Family

Learn these words that refer to the roles and relationships within a family.
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Punctuation Matters

These punctuation terms are good to know, period. Learn what an apostrophe’s purpose is; find out what a semicolon is for. Are you confused about question marks? Probably not (although you may be mystified by parentheses). This list is sure to make you as excited as an exclamation point!
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Words Every Pirate Should Know

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19. In the swashbuckling spirit, this list covers words every self-respecting pirate should know: parts of a ship, sailing jargon, terms for pirates, etc. With these words at your command, you can take the whole pirate thing way beyond "arrgh," eyepatches, and annoying birds that perch on your shoulder. For more, check out the full article: Buccaneer, Bilge and Booty: Words Every Self-respecting Pirate Should Know
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Star-Spangled Vocabulary: Patriotic Words

Love of country is a powerful motivating force, leading us to vote, advocate, protest peacefully, and otherwise engage as citizens in an ongoing effort to improve our society. Learn this list and let your vocabulary flag fly!
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