Vocabulary

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Facebook spell checker (Photo credit: murkmad)

The way to grow your vocabulary is to look up the meaning and spelling of words that are new to you. I recently added three new words: simony, squinch (invented in Iran), and ligature (having to do with fonts). I’ll not define them here; if you are interested in learning, look them up. You’ll remember them better that way.

I think that spell checkers are generally a good thing in that they catch my careless errors and they make much of the web easier to read. Spell checkers are often poor on grammar; they ensure that the wrong choice of words is correctly spelled. I see “reign” and “rein” frequently misused on blogs criticizing the President. And spell checkers are not as good as a dictionary as learning tools. I often use Google for spelling and definitions, but I prefer Encarta Dictionary tools because it also pronounces the word out loud. There is no need to struggle with phonetics.

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3 thoughts on “Vocabulary

  1. Pingback: Jan 6: Expand Your Vocabulary « Life…Outrageously Real Insights.

  2. The thesaurus is also a wonderful word find. Occasionally I flip through the dictionary and pick out words and write poems with them. Words are like diamonds and pearls such wonderful finds.

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