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Articles from APRIL 2013
Writers Talk About Writing
April 30, 2013By Merrill Perlman
"Deer Creek blames fire on science experiment," read one headline. "Arsonist blames fire on living conditions," said another. Some people would take umbrage with both of those sentences, asserting that the finger of blame was pointing in the wrong direction. Continue reading...
Put the VT to work in your classroom
April 30, 2013
In this lesson, students use the Visual Thesaurus to explore the pronunciation and meaning of several key vocabulary words in Macbeth. They then examine how Shakespeare uses these vocabulary words to enhance the text through the sound devices of alliteration and assonance. Continue reading...
Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
April 29, 2013By Shannon Reed
Having logged many years teaching English and theatre at New York City high schools, Shannon Reed now teaches freshman English Composition at the University of Pittsburgh. Here Shannon shows how teachers can work with students to improve their writing by focusing on five overused words. Continue reading...
April 26, 2013
For this month's crossword, the resilient city of Boston is very much in our thoughts. Figure out the Boston-themed word chain and you could win a Visual Thesaurus T-shirt! Continue reading...
Behind the Dictionary
Lexicographers Talk About Language
April 25, 2013By Neal Whitman
Poking around a mall with his sons, the linguist Neal Whitman came across a sign that said, "Violators will be trespassed." It turns out that the verb trespass has picked up a new meaning in the last twenty years or so, one which hasn't yet made it into any of the dictionaries. Continue reading...
The language technology company Idibon recently launched a blog, and one interesting contribution comes from Tyler Schnoebelen, who has data-mined the titles of nearly 40,000 songs that have appeared on Billboard's pop charts from 1890 to 2012. It turns out that when it comes to song titles, "love" is most definitely in the air. Continue reading...