Monday, 09 September 2013 13:04

Old Words for Sex

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.

Here are some synonyms for various S-words. These synonyms are part of an exercise to widen your vocabulary. Think carefully about the meaning of each word in the following groups of synonyms. Then think of a sentence that captures the meaning of each word precisely. If you need help with the meaning of a word, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary at the relevant place.

Here is another instalment in our exercises to deepen your vocabulary. Think carefully about the meaning of each word in the following groups of synonyms. Then write a sentence that captures the meaning of each word precisely. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the relevant spot.

Here is the next exercise to increase your vocabulary. Think carefully about the different shades of meaning each word has in the following groups of synonyms. Then write a sentence that uses each word precisely. If you need help, double click the word and we’ll open an online dictionary for you at the relevant word.

Here is an exercise to improve your vocabulary. For the following groups of synonyms, determine the difference in meaning between the words in each group. Then use each word accurately in a sentence of your own. If you’re unsure about a word’s definition, double click the word and we’ll open a dictionary for you at the right place.

Synonyms can help build your vocabulary. Here, we look at words related to "men".

Part of having a good vocabulary is discriminating carefully among your stock of words for the word that most precisely and succinctly conveys your intended meaning. To build your vocabulary, you should acquire a good stock of synonyms: words that are similar to each other but which have different shades of meaning. Knowing the synonyms’ different shades of meaning will help you choose the right word for the occasion. In this article, we look at the different shades of meaning of words to do with walking.

Monday, 15 August 2011 17:28

SAT Vocabulary List: Gs

We are making steady progress in our series on word lists for the SAT. Here is a SAT vocabulary word list of words starting with G (using American spelling). Learn these G words to help you ace your SAT, GRE, GMAT, or other scholastic aptitude test.

Monday, 15 August 2011 02:54

SAT Vocabulary List: Fs

Continuing our series on word lists for the SAT, here is a SAT vocabulary word list of some 200 words starting with F (American spelling).

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