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- Are These Foods Fruits, Vegetables, Or Berries? December 6, 2019How can we know what is a fruit? A vegetable? A berry? A nut? Doesn't it seem like it's always changing? Why is it so confusing?The post Are These Foods Fruits, Vegetables, Or Berries? appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Candice Bradley
- How Do I Write A Meaningful Holiday Card? December 6, 2019Just as we look forward to presents and parties this time of year, we can’t get enough of holiday cards! We love them all: from colorful cards sent by snail mail to animated emails to newsletters summing up what everyone in the family has been up to all year. Fun fact: The very first holiday card in 1843 depicted children toasting with wine—oops! But when … […]Minrose Straussman
- Capture The Spirit In This Quiz About Holiday Movie Classics! December 5, 2019Take a stroll down memory lane or discover some classic holiday movies in this quiz about quotes from popular Christmas films! The post Capture The Spirit In This Quiz About Holiday Movie Classics! appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Javier Palacios
- Can You Guess What These Christmas Carol Words Mean? December 5, 2019Like many of us, these contestants have no idea what figgy pudding or many other words from Christmas carols actually mean. Contestants ... you're up.The post Can You Guess What These Christmas Carol Words Mean? appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Candice Bradley
- What’s The Best Typo You’ve Ever Made? December 4, 2019What's worse than an embarrassing typo? How about one that goes out to your whole company ...The post What’s The Best Typo You’ve Ever Made? appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Candice Bradley
- Weird Word Origins That Will Make Your Family Laugh December 4, 2019The post Weird Word Origins That Will Make Your Family Laugh appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Minrose Straussman
- How Do I Write A Letter To Santa? December 3, 2019Kids’ letters to Santa Claus are one of the most magical parts of the season. They help Old Saint Nick decide just what to deliver, and they give his helper elves on the streets the insight they need to make Christmas wishes come true. The tradition of writing letters to Santa dates back to the 1800s. Originally, it was Santa who wrote letters to the … The […]Julie Ryan Evans
- Cousin Relationships Explained: First, Second, & Once Removed December 3, 2019Family is complex. Especially when it comes to figuring out what the difference is between "first cousins," "second cousins," and those that are "once removed"!The post Cousin Relationships Explained: First, Second, & Once Removed appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Rachel Leonard
- Word Of The Year Quiz December 2, 2019For the past decade, we have handpicked a single word to describe each year; explore our past choices in this challenging quiz! The post Word Of The Year Quiz appeared first on Everything After Z by Dictionary.com.Javier Palacios
- Dictionary.com’s Word Of The Year For 2019 Is … December 2, 2019From existential threats to existential choices “I’m trash!” was the insistent cry of Forky, the googly-eyed spork whose struggle to be a toy was at the heart of the summer blockbuster Toy Story 4. Forky’s plight was entertaining, yes, but it also resonated with a deeper sentiment—and word—that defined so much of 2019. We know what you must be thinking: Fork […]John Kelly
- Are These Foods Fruits, Vegetables, Or Berries? December 6, 2019
- The Boxer Rebellion December 8, 2019The Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901) was a popularly supported uprising of Chinese peasants against foreigners at a time when, during an economic depression, China was being forced to grant concessions to Western powers. The Righteous Fists of Harmony, or Boxers, opposed the political, economic, and religious encroachment of Westerners and killed thousands of Chi […]
- Peter the Great December 7, 2019Peter I was Tsar of Russia from 1682 to 1725. Credited with introducing Western technology and raising Russia to a position among the great European powers, he is widely considered one of the outstanding rulers and reformers in Russian history. However, some of his reforms were implemented viciously, and his legacy has been seen as a model for Joseph Stalin […]
- Ganzfeld Experiments December 6, 2019A ganzfeld experiment is a technique used in the field of parapsychology to test individuals for extrasensory perception (ESP). It uses homogeneous and unpatterned sensory stimulation, achieved through the use of translucent, monochromatic goggles that create a uniform visual field and headphones that play white noise, to produce an effect similar to sensory […]
- The Boxer Rebellion December 8, 2019
- SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010) December 8, 2019In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the California-based space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to fly missions to the International […]
- Theatre Royal Opens at Covent Garden in London, England (1732) December 7, 2019The original Covent Garden playhouse, called the Theatre Royal, was built in 1732 and hosted performances of plays, pantomimes, and opera. Twice destroyed by fire and rebuilt, the theater that stands today is the third built on the site. The Royal Ballet began performing there in 1946. The Royal Opera House reopened in 1999 after an 18-month renovation. It s […]
- The Washington Monument Is Completed (1884) December 6, 2019In 1783, Congress passed a resolution approving an equestrian statue of George Washington. Plans were made to erect it at the site of the present Washington Monument, but Washington objected to the idea. After his death in 1799, plans for a memorial were discussed but none was adopted until 1832, when blocks of stone began to be collected from each state, so […]
- SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010) December 8, 2019
- James Thurber (1894) December 8, 2019After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtai […]
- Larry Bird (1956) December 7, 2019Bird was an American basketball player. After spending most of his collegiate career at Indiana State University, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and became a perennial all-star. He led the Celtics to three championships and was named the league's most valuable player as many times. He retired after winning gold with the 1992 US Olympic […]
- Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898) December 6, 2019Widely considered the father of photojournalism, Eisenstaedt began creating photo essays in Berlin during the 1920s. He emigrated to the US in 1935 and joined the original photography staff at Life magazine. Soon Eisenstaedt came to epitomize the magazine's style with his topically important and beautifully composed photographs and his candid portraits […]
- James Thurber (1894) December 8, 2019
- Santon Fair December 8, 2019Santons are the small, colored clay figures that appear in crêches throughout France at Christmas. Thousands of people come from all over to purchase their santons at the Santon Fair, which takes place during the month of December in Marseilles. In addition to the usual biblical figures, a number of local figures, garbed in traditional Provençal clothing, ca […]
- Burning the Devil December 7, 2019La Quema del Diablo takes place in Guatemala. Men dressed as devils chase children through the streets from the start of Advent until December 7, the eve of the Immaculate Conception. On this day, fires are lit in the streets of Guatemala City and other towns, and the devils' reign of terror comes to an end.
- Ghana Farmers' Day December 6, 2019Much of Ghana's national economy revolves around agriculture, so it is only appropriate that this African country reserves a date to honor its farmers and provide them a day off from their labors. An important component of the day is the awards ceremony, which is held on the regional and the national levels. Judges who have followed farmers' achiev […]
- Santon Fair December 8, 2019
- toothsome December 8, 2019Definition: (adjective) Extremely pleasing to the sense of taste. Synonyms: delectable, scrumptious, yummy, delicious, luscious. Usage: I cannot get enough of your toothsome honey-sweetened gingerbread! Discuss
- single-minded December 7, 2019Definition: (adjective) Steadfast; resolute. Synonyms: resolved. Usage: He was single-minded in his determination to stop smoking.
- vaporing December 6, 2019Definition: (noun) Boastful or bombastic talk or behavior. Synonyms: brag, gasconade. Usage: Captain Bonneville purchased a supply of buffalo meat from his braggadocio friends; who, with all their vaporing, were in fact a very forlorn horde.
- toothsome December 8, 2019
- In the News December 13, 2018The news feed is no longer available.
- In the News December 13, 2018
- Gilbert Chesterton December 8, 2019Bigotry may be roughly defined as the anger of men who have no opinions. Discuss
- Oscar Wilde December 7, 2019A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery December 6, 2019Humor is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them.
- Gilbert Chesterton December 8, 2019
- Why take a gap year? December 5, 2019Some delay university to take a year off travelling. Is it a good idea? Find out here!
- The joy of free diving November 28, 2019We discuss this fascinating sport and teach you related vocabulary.
- Can robots care for us? November 21, 2019Can technology look after us? We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care.
- Can robots care for us? November 21, 2019We discuss robot carers being introduced into social care, and teach you vocabulary.
- Mental health in the workplace November 14, 2019Neil and Georgina talk about things people can do to make a difference.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Why take a gap year? December 5, 2019