Widely recognized as one of the greatest and most difficult board games in the world, chess originated in India in the 6th century C.E., spreading into Persia and the Muslim world — undergoing rule changes over the course of many centuries — before arriving in Europe and beyond. Learn this list and become a vocabulary grandmaster!
The mathematician-philosopher Alfred North Whitehead famously said "Seek simplicity, and distrust it." Simply put, this list provides the vocabulary to describe anything from an easy job to an elegantly minimal interior design.
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!
Shelter is a basic human need, as essential as food and water. As a result, there are many words to describe the place you live, each with its own history and connotation. Get ready for some home schooling!
Words like "desk" and "chair" are so drab and commonplace that we pay them no mind. Give your vocabulary a makeover with these words for furniture that will have you sounding like a famous interior designer.
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.
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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
Many common animal names are also verbs. Often their meanings relate closely to an animal's appearance or behavior, but sometimes there’s more to the story. Learn the words on this list and you'll have something to crow about!
Every animal propels itself a little differently, and many of those motions have become words that evoke a particular attitude or characteristic. Learning this list will give you some new lexical moves. Hop to it!
Sculpture is likely the most ancient of all arts, possibly going back half a million years to the pre-human era. Whatever style you prefer, this list will help you shape your vocabulary into a work of art.
The art of painting is at least 40,000 years old — there's something fundamentally human about the urge to create pictures of the things we see or imagine. Use this list to brush up on your palette of painterly parlance.
Tax Day, April 15th, is the second most dreaded day of the year — next to Doomsday. The language of taxation runs all over the financial map, describing the wealthy, the disadvantaged, and the tedious process of paying taxes. Here are some words you're likely to hear in relation to this stressful day, which can be — pardon the expression — quite taxing.
From Shakespeare's sonnets to Kendrick Lamar's lyrics, language that is organized around rhythm and rhyme can carry enormous meaning and emotional force. Whether you're into epic odes or freestyle slams, this list gives you the lingo you need to unlock some of the most beautiful works ever written.
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.)