"Rose Pipe" Didn't Make the Cut
The American Heritage Student Dictionary suggests that parents help kids "maintain and enhance" their vocabulary over the summer. In fact, they've made a list of words they think middle schoolers (grades 6-8) should know.
Any thoughts? (One writer's reaction.)
I like words, and I think kids should know how to use more of them. But I can't remember ever learning a word and using it because it was on some list. In fact, when I was 13, that may have been a strike against an otherwise fine word. I did spend a lot of time digging through my parents' lovely, old-fashioned, two-volume dictionary, though. Why? As I read, I found words that I needed to know.
How about a list of words parents should know?
Monday, June 16, 2003
Senator Jim Jeffords (Ind., Vermont) recently gave a speech that neatly summarizes why so many of us are, shall we say, less than satisfied with President Bush. And he's not even a Democrat.
(link via Ruminate This.)
And, going even farther, SF author Charles Stross commented the other day on why he's less than satisfied with the 21st century.
(crossposted on Byzantium's Shores.)