A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
The show's entire focus is on building listeners' vocabulary, and Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day packs in an impressive amount of information in a very short runtime, proving itself as a one-stop experience for its audience.
Language is always changing and evolving. Words are a powerful tool for knowledge, expression, and one's personal development. Learning is something that never ends and nor should it.
Positive Role Models
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day doesn't feature any characters and therefore no role models. The hosts present each episode's information with precision and clarity, but they do so with an objective, impartial tone and delivery.
Since Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day has a strict focus on words and their histories, there really isn't any opportunity for diverse representation.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are included at the beginning of each episode.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day is exactly what it sounds like. The show features a different vocabulary word in every episode. And the show squeezes in all the essentials – including the word's definition, spelling, and how it's used in a sentence – in less than two minutes. Although the content is not objectionable, the level of language is probably too advanced for younger kids. So the show is recommended for older kids and teens.
Is It Any Good?
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day doesn't offer listeners anything fancy, but it does exactly what it sets out to do. And impressively, it accomplishes its goal in record time. In less than two minutes, the podcast manages to introduce a detailed account of the day's word as well as its spelling, definition, part of speech, and example of it used in a sentence. The show even manages to give listeners a brief rundown of the word's place in the English language. This kind of no-frills podcast is almost designed to satisfy even listeners who don't have the time or the interest to engage in lengthier podcasts. And for students and others who are looking to build their vocabulary one day at a time, Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day is the ideal way to make such a goal achievable and part of your routine.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.