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CollectionSpring Has SprungExplore these lists from the April Calendar
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  • 20 WordsTricky Terms for April Fool's Day: April 1
  • 10 WordsOur Twist on National Grilled Cheese Day: April 12
  • 16 WordsVocabulary from "Easter, 1916" by W.B. Yeats: Easter Sunday, April 12
  • 20 WordsTree Terminology for Arbor Day: April 24
CollectionAppetite For InstructionAn All-You-Can-Eat Vocab Buffet
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  • 15 WordsStairway To Leaven: Baking Vocabulary
  • 25 WordsThe Melting Pot: Food Words from Other Languages
  • 22 WordsA Culinary Vocabulary Sampler
  • 18 WordsPestle, Sieve, and Whisk: Useful Words for Cooking Tools
  • 15 WordsBlanch, Poach, and Scald: Cooking Methods
CollectionThe Wide Words of SportsGet Your Game On with These Sports-Related Vocab Words
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  • 19 WordsSet, Hut! Football Vocabulary
  • 16 WordsDefense, Dribble, and Dunk: Basketball Lingo
  • 12 WordsThe Smashing Lexicon of Tennis
  • 20 WordsBaseball: A Lexicon

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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!
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Exemptions, Deductions, and Loopholes: Tax Day Vocabulary

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.
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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.
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Awkward Moments

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
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The Ingenious Lexicon of Invention

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
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Aquatic, Waddle, and Plumage: Penguin Parlance

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
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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
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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.
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The Grim Reader: Wicked Words of Grave Importance for Halloween

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
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Good Riddance

Unlike the obsolete phone chargers and otiose kitchen gadgets you might want to purge from your junk drawer, these words will serve a purpose in your vocabulary.
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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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Wasn't Me: The Lingo of Laying Blame

No one will ever rebuke you for your improving your vocabulary, so learn these words that point the finger and go tsk-tsk. Read the full article: Playing the Blame Game: Accusatory Vocabulary
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Portmanteaus: Vocab Mash-Ups

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
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Music to My Ears: Instrumental Vocab

Listen up! We've assembled a collection of words for unusual musical instruments that will either make you want to cover your ears or pick up a dulcimer and strum along.
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Face It: Selfie Vocab

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.
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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?
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The Nose Knows: Olfactory Vocabulary

A strong vocabulary reeks of intelligence, so take a whiff of these odor-related words.
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This Week in Pop Culture: March 2 - 8, 2019

We've scoured this week's entertainment news and rounded up our favorite vocab words from the stories that everyone's buzzing about.
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Dissed List: Breakup 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 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.
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Sickly Sweet Treats: Sappy and Insincere Valentine Words

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.
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Love Letter Words for Valentine's Day

Looking for new ways to express your affection (or just interested in the lovable lexicon of Valentine’s Day)? Have a heart and learn these words all about love. XOXO
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Opposites Attract

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
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Put a Lid On It: Hats, Hoods, and Other Headgear

Want to know what a chef's hat is called, or who wears a wimple? Either way, we've got you covered! So top off your outfit — and your vocabulary — with these words.
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