Vocablet of the Day: Cram

Focus, dedication, long nights spent cramming: these are the keys to success in any school — even a school for pop stars.

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It’s not easy to become a star, as students at K-Pop schools know well.  Their nights are filled with long hours of studying a subject intensively — and that subject is pop.

While most students are busy filling their heads with math, history, and science, students at a different kind of school are cramming another kind of material: dance steps and catchy lyrics.  Students at K-Pop schools in South Korea want to be stars, and they’re willing to work hard to make their dream a reality.

Every student knows what it’s like to cram for hours.  What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever spent cramming for an exam?

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Vocablet of the Day: Vicissitude

Do you have Bieber fever?  Are you a Belieber?  Or is this baby-faced pop star just another blip on the radar of musical trends through history?

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All purveyors of popular culture, no matter how talented, can be subject to changes of circumstances or fortune in their careers.

Many other teen pop stars, in spite of a brief rush of huge fame, have not weathered the vicissitudes of time, fading quietly from the public eye.  As tastes change and trends shift, even the biggest stars suffer the vicissitudes of a notoriously fickle public.

The vicissitude-Justin Bieber Vocablet highlights the uncertain future of this teen pop sensation, questioning whether his talent will be enough to see him through the changing tides of public opinion.

What musicians have succumbed to the vicissitudes of time?  Which have survived?

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Vocablet of the Day: Decipher

Today’s Vocablet features a scientific look into how music can affect humans over the long term.

The decipher (Hearing Ability) Vocablet is about new research that shows that musicians are less likely to suffer from age-related hearing loss.  Scientists believe that the effort musicians apply to interpreting or identifying tones and notes in music helps to prevent the loss of tiny cells and hairs in the ear that are necessary for good hearing.

Related Words: discern

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