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.
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.)
Whether you've said the wrong thing or tripped in front of a room full of people, we've all experienced awkward moments. These words will come in handy on National Awkward Moments Day because having a strong vocabulary should never be embarrassing. Read more on our blog: Embrace the Clumsy Vocabulary of National Awkward Moments Day
Whether you're an ingenious inventor or you just geek out on gadgets, here are some useful words to describe the process of innovation. Check out the related article from our Department of Word Lists: The Innovative Language of Invention
While these penguin-related words are perhaps not as adorable as the waddling aquatic creatures they describe, they're just as interesting, and you're much more likely to come across them in your daily life. Unless you live in Antarctica, of course. Read more on our blog: Waddle if You Celebrate Penguin Awareness Day
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
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.
Haunted by the apparition of overused terms like spooky and creepy? Fear not! Learn lesser-known words like eldritch and hallow, and even if you don't have the best costume, you'll have the best vocabulary. Learn about the deep, dark past of these words in the full article: A Big Bag of Halloween Terms
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!
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
Portmanteaus are pieced together from the body parts of other words. And while these creative compounds aren’t as frightening as Frankenstein’s monster, you can still see the stitching. Check out the full article on Frankenwords: The Mashed-Up Madness of Portmenteaus
Let's face it. Long before smart phones and social media, people have been preoccupied with the way they look. Here are some words that go way back, but are just as useful in today's selfie-obsessed world.
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?
Regardless of your romantic status this Valentine’s Day, we've got a word list for you! This one's for the under-attached, or anyone who's ever been burned by love. We've also got one for those who find the holiday’s saccharine sweetness nauseating: Sickly Sweet Treats: Sappy and Insincere Valentine Words. And if you just so happen to be truly, madly, deeply in love, check out: Love Letter Words for Valentine's Day.
Regardless of your romantic status this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a word list for you! This one's for those who find the holiday’s saccharine sweetness nauseating. We've also got one for the under-attached or anyone who's ever been burned by love: Dissed List: Breakup Words for Valentine's Day. And if you just so happen to be truly, madly, deeply in love, check out: Love Letter Words for Valentine's Day.
Unless you're opposed to the idea, we suggest that you don't not learn these words. They come in particularly handy on January 25th, National Opposite Day. Read the full article here: Don't Not Celebrate National Opposite Day