Shmoop University Now Offers Literature Glossary

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Shmoop has created an easy tool for those students looking to refresh their memories on the standard canon of literary terms.

Shmoop's new Literature Glossary

Shmoop's Literature Glossary

A former student may have learned in high school what an archetype is but since forgotten. She may remember that there is indeed a difference between connotation and denotation but could use a refresher. Or she may want to settle a bet with her friend about what a rhetorical question really is. (Is this one?)

Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, offers a Literature Glossary that is sure to help:

  • Learn the definitions for words that are difficult even to pronounce: zeugma; bowdlerize; amphibrach; ekphrasis; pyrrhic…All real words, believe it or not. No, a cat did not just walk across the keyboard.
  • Figure out how to use malapropisms—on porpoise.
  • Discover that an apostrophe is more than just an “upper comma.” And that it doe’sn’t nece’ssarily need to be u’sed in every word that contain’s an “S.”
  • Impress friends with new language skills; define dénouement, in medias res, and ottava rima. They may not act impressed but that eye roll only masks their admiration.

Dictionaries are boring. Shmoop is not. Check out the new Literature Glossary, and Words with Friends will suddenly be a piece of cake.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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