I was tempted to call this article "How To Speak Like Mr Burns", a character from the popular cartoon The Simpsons. Because of his old-age and background, Mr Burns uses archaic words for commonplace things, such as velocitator and deceleratrix for accelerator and brake, autogyro for helicopter, and ahoy-hoy for hello. Here are some other words Mr Burns might use, or which you might use to sound posh when describing ordinary things, though I can't think why you'd want to use big words when simple words are usually better.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 00:00

Question and Answer: Collecting Words

People sometimes email us questions or post questions on the English Language Skills Facebook™ Page about spelling, vocabulary, writing, and other English-related topics. As a result, we have decided to select some of the best questions and post the answers for everyone to read. The first Question and Answer comes from Monique about "Collecting Words".

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