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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...

Jul 21, 2020

I started this episode of the Vocabbett podcast with a quick apology...The last episode wasn't up to my usual standards, and without making excuses, I wanted to share why! : ) 

After that, we returned to our regular vocabulary-boosting content! 

There are two sides to the coin when it comes to using stories to improve...

Jul 16, 2020

We're all watching more TV than normal these days, but if you want to keep your edge and come out of quarantine smarter than ever, it's time to become more intentional about your TV choices.

There's nothing inherently wrong with watching Friends re-runs for the 400th time, but it's probably not going to teach you much...