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Met Gala

Met Gala

The annual Met Gala is always about excess, extravagance and eyeballs, The Times writes. What are your favorite looks in this slide show? Why? The theme this year was “camp” — but in this case the word doesn’t mean the place kids go in summer, but, instead, refers to “a style or mode of personal…
‘A 📖 of Two 🏙’

‘A 📖 of Two 🏙’

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What would the opening line of your favorite book look like written with emojis? Like Patrick Thomas, the graphic artist who recreated the first line of Charles Dickens’s “A Tale of Two Cities” in this piece, try rewriting a line from a book you’ve read by replacing some key words with emojis. Post it in…
Word + Quiz: yurt

Word + Quiz: yurt

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Note: Our Sixth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge is underway. It will run until Feb. 18. yurt ˈyu̇rt, ˈyərt noun : a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of Central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing _________ The word yurt…
A New App

A New App

If you could create your own smartphone app, what would it do? How would it work? In what ways might it make people’s lives better, easier, more interesting or just more fun? Tell us your idea in the comments, then read the related article for some more ideas. Find many more ways to use our…
Have You Ever Been Left Out?

Have You Ever Been Left Out?

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Imagine it’s a Friday night. All your friends told you they were busy, so you’re sitting at home, alone, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. But then you see a post that stops you in your tracks. It’s a picture of all of your friends hanging out together — without you. Has this ever happened to you?…
Word + Quiz: lede

Word + Quiz: lede

lede ˈlēd noun : the introductory section of a story _________ The word lede has appeared in 13 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 15 in “Watch Your Lapels: These Great Ledes Are Coming for Them” by Marc Lacey: The “lede” is the first paragraph of a newspaper story.…
5 Ideas to Keep You Busy During the Quarantine

5 Ideas to Keep You Busy During the Quarantine

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With the situation around the world changing so rapidly, we often feel a little bit lost and terrified. Believe me, I was there too! It is important to keep going and find something that will keep us busy. I want to help and show you some quarantine ideas for when you need to stay at…
Word + Quiz: per se

Word + Quiz: per se

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per se (ˌ)pər-ˈsā, per-ˈsā, (ˌ)pər-ˈsē adverb : with respect to its inherent nature _________ The term per se has appeared in 139 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 8 in “U.S. Women’s Team Takes a Stand as Gender Disparities Remain Widespread” by Marc Tracy, Karen Crouse and Matthew Futterman:…
Is the Mona Lisa Bad for Art?

Is the Mona Lisa Bad for Art?

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Find all our Student Opinion questions here. Have you ever seen the Mona Lisa? In person, in a photo, on a pen or in a meme? Is it on your bucket list of things to see or do in your lifetime? Each year millions of people flock to the Louvre in Paris to catch a…
Word + Quiz: busk

Word + Quiz: busk

busk ˈbəsk verb : play music in a public place and solicit money for it _________ The word busk has appeared in 17 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 16 in “Paris’s Cathedral of Imagination and Memory.” In an essay called “A busker’s ode to Notre-Dame,” David McAninch writes:…

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