Academic Vocabulary Words

Ten Examples


The store "Weasleys Wizard Wheezes" in the Harry Potter series is an alliteration as well as many of their products such as "Mysterious Midnight Moon Madness", "Weasleys Wondrous Wands" and "Bang Bang Boggart Banger".


"There will be three, kin of your kin, who hold the power of the stars in their paws."
-Erin Hunter, Warriors series


"The desire popped into my head the moment the Moloch appeared as a speck on the horizon, and the desire intensified the closer it came. As the ship passed my raft this longing became incredibly overpowering.

“Come!” said a voice inside me.

“Come aboard the Moloch”

The voice sounded surreal, as if spoken by a being without a body from the hereafter."
-Walter Moers, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear


"Time is galleons."
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


"Look, I did not want to be a half-blood.

If you're reading this because you think you might be one, my advice is: close this book right now. Believe what ever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life."

-Rick Riorden,The Lightning Thief


"It is the strangest sound, like a voice on the wind."
- Patrick Carman, The Tenth City

Sound Devices

Dog goes "woof"
Cat goes "meow"
Bird goes "tweet"
And mouse goes "squeak"
Cow goes "moo"
Frog goes "croak"
And the elephant goes "toot"
Ducks say "quack"
And fish go "blub"
And the seal goes "ow ow ow"
- Ylvis, "What Does the Fox Say"


"Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall. 'As long as we are together,' she said. She heard Nico and Hazel screaming for help. She saw the sunlight far, far above―maybe the last sunlight she would ever see. Then Percy let go of his tiny ledge, and together, holding hands, he and Annabeth fell into the endless darkness."
- Rick Riorden, The Mark of Athena


The ring in the Lord of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a symbol. The ring symbolizes greed and envy because in the story all characters want this powerful object to become invisible and immortal and are envious for the one who owns it.


"Something very painful was going on in Harry's mind. As Hagrid's story came to a close, he saw again the blinding flash of green light, more clearly than he had ever remembered it before―and he remembered something else, for the first time in his life: a high, cold, cruel laugh."
- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone