We human beings, throughout history, seem to have gone out of our way to find different words for "sex". Why we use euphemisms at all is an interesting topic in itself; and why we use so many euphemisms for sexual intercourse is particularly interesting. Why do *you* think we use, and have used, such a variety of words for sex? Some of the words we use for sex sanitise and remove the sexual act into the abstract (such as "amorous congress" and "carnal knowing") while other euphemisms for sex are crude and straight to the point (as it were). Here is a list of just some of the olden day words people have used for sexual intercourse.
By developing your vocabulary, you will be able to communicate and learn more effectively. The beauty of the English language is the many ways to express something with subtle differences in meaning. With practice, vocabulary will allow you to express yourself.
A guest article by Zac Wearden, freelance proofreader at http://qualityproofreading.co.uk.
Rather than providing piecemeal articles on improving your vocabulary, we thought we would start a more coherent vocabulary builder program. In this lesson in the Vocabulary Builder series, we ask (and answer) the question: Why build your vocabulary?
Do you know what "glair" is (compare "glare")? What about a "goll"? What is a "glib"? If these are new words to you, then you can increase your vocabulary by associating these words with their homonyms (words that sound the same but which mean different things). Associating new information with old information is one of the best ways to remember and retain new knowledge. Consider the following homonyms for various G words to increase your vocabulary.
In this exercise to expand your vocabulary, work out the different meanings of the words in each group of synonyms. Then write a sentence that uses each word accurately. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right definition.
Continuing our exercises to increase your vocabulary, here is another group of synonyms. Determine the different meanings of the words in each group. Then use each word accurately in a sentence of your own. If you get stuck, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right place.
Here's another exercise to build your vocabulary. For these groups of synonyms, discriminate between the different meanings of the words in each group. Then write a sentence that uses each word accurately. If you get stuck, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the right place.
The following is a list of synonyms. To improve your vocabulary, try to work out the difference in meanings between the words in the list, and use each word accurately in a sentence of your own making. If you get stuck, double click the word and we’ll open a dictionary for you at the right place.