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Blog Excerpts

How We Got to "Hello"

Have you ever wondered why we say "hello" when we answer the telephone? Nate Barksdale of the think tank Cardus takes a long look at the history of the greeting here.

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Visual Thesaurus subscriber "Curious Cat" has struck a nerve. Commenting on a Word Routes column last month about annoying words, "CC" wrote:

My bugbear: "No problem" in response to "Thank you" in restaurants. "You're welcome" is disappearing in this context. I assume that my business is not a problem.

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Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at The Visual Thesaurus! We're celebrating with a Thanksgiving-themed crossword puzzle. Solve it and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt!  Continue reading...
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According to educator and writer Ruth Culham "precise nouns, descriptive adjectives, and energetic verbs" are all examples of the rich language we should be encouraging students to develop as teachers emphasize "word choice" as one of the "6 + 1 traits of writing."  Continue reading...
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Edulinks

Useful sites for educators

Kid-Friendly Search Engines

Looking for alternatives to Google that might be more appropriate for students? Check out these search engines.

Quintura Kids

Ask for Kids

Fact Monster

Yahoo Kids

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These scenes from my life in Boston — when my wife Carol and I lived there many years ago and during our recent work there on "More Words That Make a Difference" — employ a number of words that appear in that book, with illustrative sentences from the Atlantic Monthly.  Continue reading...
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When I read in the New York Times recently that everyone is going quant in "the Age of Metrics," my first thought was, "Is that anything like Sarah Palin going rogue?" What's going on with these new ways of going, anyhow?  Continue reading...
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