Newswordy is a great website that’s been around for a couple of years. It simply and elegantly presents popular vocabulary in the context of media and news. The site focuses on buzzwords, or words that are commonly presented in news media, but not often used in everyday language. Each day, Newswordy presents, defines and shows a buzzword in context of a quote, articles, Twitter, and other media. Past words include castigate, fundamentalist, opprobrium, nascent, and turmoil. By showing these vocabulary words in context of news media, the website allows students to explore the usage in current events.
For example, here’s a screenshot of a recent word “Litany” below:
An archive of previous buzzwords can be seen by clicking on the list button in the top right hand corner of the homepage. The twitter feeds are all linked to actual posts, for further student exploration. Plus, it’s a great way to integrate some fun and popular current words into your vocabulary mix.
Happy buzzword-ing, y’all!