In the wild

AP Language

November 11th, 2015


A Brobdingnagian beer company is closer to becoming reality, as Anheuser-Busch InBev has worked out terms to buy its biggest rival, SABMiller, for more than $105 billion.

Source: Anheuser-Busch InBev And SABMiller Agree On Merger Terms : The Two-Way : NPR

Enter Vocabulariousness

AP Language

September 10th, 2013


We’ll begin our lexiconic1 journey this week with a group of fifteen words that I’ve forgotten to post these past few days:

  1. annotated
  2. anthropomorphic
  3. brobdignagian
  4. cash cow
  5. coffer
  6. dog (v.)
  7. exegesis
  8. francophile
  9. furbellows
  10. lollygag
  11. roman a clef
  12. salmagundi
  13. schlock
  14. spartan (adj.)
  15. white elephant

That is all.

  1. Edited from “lexicographic,” which I meant to signify the figurative compilation of your personal dictionaries. Since I spelled “francophile” incorrectly below, I thought it would be best to clarify this one before my remaining credibility melts. []

The Vocab Experiment

AP Language

March 3rd, 2010

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Double-check the roots and prefixes of the words at Etymonline, and definitions at NinjaWords. (Or your favorite paper dictionary.) Ten words or so will work, but enter as many as you’d like.


Calendar, Session Three

AP Language

February 23rd, 2010

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Here’s the plan we worked out in class today. Tuesday will give us a chance to take more time in discussing the articles on Monday, or provide me with more time to explain concepts and such. All of this is subject to change with prior notice.






Article analyses (Vocabulary introduction) Lecture, Prompt, and Discussion In-class essay Multiple choice and discussion; Vocab test


Here’s a copy of the “Formatting Your Paper” handout I mentioned in class. If you notice anything that is misleading or incorrect, let me know.

The Right-Click Synonym Trick Problem is One of Miscommunication, Not Stupidity

Notes from Stallings

August 3rd, 2009

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(at least in high school.)

We’ve all done it before—sometimes an elusive word is on the tip of the tongue, but we can’t seem to come up with it. So, we type in a similar word, right-click, and hope the synonym list jogs our memory. The right correct appropriate word pops up, the writer’s-block crisis is averted, and we’re on our way. Good times. Sometimes, though, the synonym doesn’t quite fit, or is the wrong word altogether.

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