Monday, July 28, 2008

WORD POWER

The ideal and practical way of increasing your vocabulary is to be on the lookout for new words in your reading, to get their meaning from the context, to check them in a dictionary, and, whenever possible to fix them by associations that enrich the words and make you remember them.


7 comments:

Monching said...

You are right, we need to increase knowledge of words. I remember you love crossword puzzles to much, and now it's paying off. You have a wider use of words. Kakainggit!

Bay Martin said...

Read books and magazines. Not only new words, but also new phrases. Use them whenever possible.

The Man Under the Mango Tree said...

The key is to start with TWO words a day and increase as you go along.
I re-read recently R. James Waller's "The Bridges of Madison County" and would you believe only 5 words are uinfamiliar.
I like Ria's system of writing down new words found in Reader's Digest in yellow Post-It paper and posting it on the cover. Very clever...
If you're a Quiz Show practitioner,
Webster's 3rd Collegiate Dictionary is a must.
For 'most challenging words' and 'obscure words' consult Norman Schur.
Legal thriller writers are good source of new words as well as classic authors.
Time magazine is also a good choice.

The Man Under the Mango Tree said...

typo, should be unfamiliar...

Bay Martin said...

Thanks a lot!

Hope your info gets to reach other bloggers.

Monching said...

That's great idea! From now on, I'll take note of new words and phrases and use them wherever appropriate.

Thanks a lot!

Bay Martin said...

Make it a habit to jot down new words, and if you don't know the meaning, look them up in the dictio.