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Aug 6, 2020

Hello, hello!

If you haven’t already heard the news, I wanted to let you know that beginning August 15, the Vocabbett podcast will become a members-only feature.

If you don’t have a Vocabbett membership, you won’t be able to listen! 😱

I began the podcast in the spring as a way to provide free educational...


Aug 4, 2020

It’s not often that someone’s name transforms into an insult, but when it does, it’s usually pretty memorable!

We’ve recently witnessed the transformation of “Karen” from a pretty innocuous name to one with a whole host of negative connotations, but this isn’t the first time such a transformation has...


Jul 30, 2020

Never thought you’d read that title, eh?

No, The College Board has not implemented some kind of Hunger Games-style exit questionnaire, but the story is equally shocking!

The book of Judges, in the Old Testament of the Bible, tells the story of a battle between the Ephraimites and the Gileadites.

Having won the battle,...


Jul 28, 2020

Wow, that’s really manly of you, to be such a good person!” – Ancient Romans

As we continue diving into the study of etymology, it may amuse (annoy? probably not surprise…) you to find sneaky double meanings in many English words, many of which are rather sexist.

For instance, since the Latin root “vir”...


Jul 23, 2020

Would you believe me if I told you that the word "money," something so valued and coveted, actually traces its roots back to a flock of geese?

In episode 36 of the Vocabbett podcast, we dive into the "mon" root and some of its derivatives, words like "premonition" and "monetize."

You won't believe the route this root...