After the Scribble Fest at the beginning of this month, I promised to share a few thoughts about words and vocabulary since the Scribbles this time had to include 5 random words. Now that it's weeks later, I'm finally getting around to it. (Life gets a little nutty when you take a trip to the hospital.)
Reading through the Scribbles, it's easy to imagine some of the writers had to first figure out the definition and usage of a given word before they could begin writing. This is great! They acquired a new tool to use in their writing and everyday life. I wanted to share another way of broadening your vocabulary (other than participating in super-fun Scribble Fests!)
Via Merriam-Webster.com or Wordsmith.org you can receive a word a day in your e-mail inbox. Each e-mail will include definition, pronunciation, etymology, and usage examples. (Subscribe here or here.) To really make each day's word stick with you, try to use it in conversation or writing. Take time to explain to someone else it's meaning, usage, and any interesting etymology. This way you will not only remember it better yourself, but you will also help spread some handy words!
Words are wonderful! Do you have a favorite?