Vocab Builder: Washington, DC

Last week, I traveled with my family to Washington, DC, to soak up some history and visit with some family. Turns out, our nation’s capital is also home to some of its own terms.

  • Capitol Hill: the location where the Capitol building sits
  • Beltway: interstate 495, around Washington, DC
  • Slugging: hitchhiking in DC so that the driver can use the highway’s faster HOV lane

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  • Algonquian: the Indian tribe that first settled the DC area
  • WAPO: abbreviation for The Washington Post
  • Sakura: the Japanese cherry tree found in the DC area
  • Retrocession: the act of giving back; parts of the DC area were given back to other areas
  • Metro etiquette: standing to the right in DC’s busy subway to let commuters through

Are you familiar with other DC terms? Add them in the comments section!

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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