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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1999
Re "Sesquipedalians and Other Obfuscations, April 2. While I agree it is a writer's job to communicate effectively, I am appalled by anyone willing to "dumb down" content for their audience. God forbid someone actually increase their vocabulary through reading the newspaper! What a shame to cater to the lowest common denominator instead of raising the bar. KIMBERLY HORN, Lancaster
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By David Ng
Norman Yonemoto, a Los Angeles artist who along with his younger brother, Bruce, created innovative video installations that often explored mass media, Hollywood and other forms of pop culture, has died. He was 67. Yonemoto died Friday at his home in Venice. He had been in ill health since suffering a number of strokes, the last of which was in October, said Carole Ann Klonarides, a family representative. Collaborating with his brother for nearly four decades, Yonemoto created video artwork that often appropriated the visual vernacular of Hollywood movies, television and advertising to challenge the viewer's assumptions about the media.
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April 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
To bee, or not to bee, has now become a tougher question to answer -- even for whiz kid spellers. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced that it is changing the format of its annual competition and adding multiple-choice vocabulary tests to the annual event. To qualify for the semifinals and championship round, spellers will be judged on a cumulative score that incorporates live spelling, computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions, organizers announced on Tuesday.
SCIENCE
October 21, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
To spank or not to spank: For most American parents, it isn't a question. The majority of U.S. children have been spanked at some time in their life, despite a robust body of evidence that suggests spanking a child leads to problems in the future.  The latest evidence of the negative effects of spanking comes from researchers at Columbia University. After analyzing data from more than 1,500 families, they found that children who are spanked in early childhood are not only more likely to be aggressive as older children, they are also more likely to do worse on vocabulary tests than their peers who had not been spanked.  The study was published this week in the journal Pediatrics.  While several studies have found a connection between spanking and aggressive behavior, the finding that spanking could be linked to cognitive ability is somewhat new. "Only a few studies have looked at the cognitive effects of spanking," said Michael MacKenzie, an associate professor at Columbia University and lead author of the study.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets has a vocabulary all its own, some of which is spelled out in a primer distributed to all freshmen, or "fish. " cackle — eggs dead rabbit — cabbage dope — coffee non-regs — students not in the Corps 2 percenters — A&M students lacking school spirit whip out — to salute and introduce oneself to passing upperclassmen. Required of "fish. " wiggle — Jell-O wildcat — to yell, hands extended overhead.
SPORTS
May 2, 1985 | PAT CANNON, Times Staff Writer
One doesn't have to be inside to know that the game is already in progress. The sounds of basketball are universal--the staccato rhythm of a bouncing ball, the screech of gym shoes braking after a pell-mell scramble across a wooden floor, the clang of metal after an errant shot. But the real action at Samuel Gompers Junior High is in the parking lot. There, young men of all shapes and sizes pair off, clutching pieces of lined paper close to their chests.
NEWS
February 22, 2009 | Lauran Neergaard, Neergaard writes for the Associated Press.
Don't just talk to your toddler -- gesture, too. Pointing, waving bye-bye and other natural gestures seem to boost a budding vocabulary. Scientists found that those tots who could convey more meaning with gestures at age 14 months went on to have a richer vocabulary as they prepared to start kindergarten. And intriguingly, whether a family is poor or middle class plays a role, the researchers reported recently. Anyone who's ever watched a toddler perform the arms-raised "pick me up now" demand knows that youngsters figure out how to communicate well before they can talk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2000
Re Elian Gonzalez: I think we can now safely retire the phrase "Miami relatives" from our national vocabulary. SHARIE LIEBERG Oxnard
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1998
Can we please eliminate the following words from our vocabulary: El Nino, Monica Lewinsky and Titanic. Enough already! KYMM FLEISCHMAN Monrovia
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1998
Will getting a high-definition television set mean that I will know the meanings of more big words? It might be worth the money if it increased my vocabulary. MIKE KILGORE Los Angeles
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
When the pressure reached its nail-biting peak, when the St. Louis Blues twice took leads over the Kings on Monday and could have seized control of Game 4 of their playoff series - and the series itself - the Kings knew it was time to remain purposeful, not to panic. "We've been in that position before and I think these guys don't get too down on themselves," forward Jeff Carter said Tuesday. "We stayed calm and we chipped away. " Goals by Carter and Dustin Penner brought the Kings from 2-0 down to even before the end of the first period.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Are you smarter than a Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant?  In a new twist on an already challenging contest, spelling bee whiz kids will be expected not only to spell words but also to know what they mean.  Corrigible. Indocile. Intestate.  Those are just a few of the examples the competition's directors have included on a sample test. To qualify for the semifinal and championship rounds of the contest -- to be held May 28-30 in Oxon Hill, Md. -- kids will be judged on live spelling , computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions.
SPORTS
April 9, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Wouldn't this be fun to hear at this year's National Spelling Bee: "May I have the definition please?" "No, you should already know it. " Well, things might not get that drastic, but for the first time in its 86-year history, the National Spelling Bee will require contestants to know what the words mean as well as how to spell them. To qualify for the semifinals and finals, spellers will be judged on a cumulative score that incorporates live spelling, computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions, organizers announced Tuesday.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
To bee, or not to bee, has now become a tougher question to answer -- even for whiz kid spellers. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced that it is changing the format of its annual competition and adding multiple-choice vocabulary tests to the annual event. To qualify for the semifinals and championship round, spellers will be judged on a cumulative score that incorporates live spelling, computer-based spelling questions and computer-based vocabulary questions, organizers announced on Tuesday.
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April 9, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced a major change: Vocabulary tests will be added to the annual national competition. Scripps provided a few examples of the multiple-choice questions that will be part of the bee. 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HEALTH
March 30, 2013
The vocabulary of meditation can be a barrier for people who feel that they're entering a strange world, experts say. Here are some common words. Buddha : meaning one who is awake, in Sanskrit. The Buddha was a person, not a god, who lived more than 2,000 years ago; from a privileged family, he became a seeker of truth and eventually became enlightened. Dharma : often used to mean the teachings of Buddhism and meditation. Mantra : a word -- "om" being perhaps the most famous -- repeated as a way to keep the mind focused on one spot during meditation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1999
This week's subject: Vocabulary building The difference between the words "boil" and "broil" may seem like only one letter. But for a chef, the two words describe very different cooking techniques which, depending on when they are used, could result in a masterpiece or in burnt offerings. Increasing your vocabulary and knowing the meanings of words is important no matter what you do.
SCIENCE
June 15, 2012 | By Jon Bardin, Los Angeles Times
In an attempt to replicate the early experiences of infants, researchers in England have created a robot that can learn simple words in minutes just by having a conversation with a person. The work, published this week in the journal PLoS One, offers insight into how babies transition from babbling to speaking their first words. The 3-foot-tall robot, named DeeChee, was built to produce any syllable in the English language. But it knew no words at the outset of the study, speaking only babble phrases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2011 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
Priscilla Castro grew up enthralled with French culture despite understanding few words of the movies and music in which she delighted. Now Castro's facility with Spanish, which her family spoke at home, is serving as an unlikely bridge to mastering le Français in a unique Cal State Long Beach program designed to exploit Spanish speakers' existing language skills. "I'm not 100% fluent, but I can hold a conversation," said Castro, 21, a journalism major. "A lot of things in Spanish are very similar, although because I learned Spanish at home, I didn't know a lot of the grammatical rules.
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