Tuesday, 29 November 2011 05:26

Vocabulary Test 13: 20 Random Words

How many of these words do you know? Try to work out the meaning of these words by yourself and then test yourself to see if you're right. We've used an online vocabulary tool that will open a dictionary at the right spot when you double-click any word below. Check to see if you've got your definition right.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 06:10

Improve Your Vocabulary: Fields of Study

If there's one thing we humans love to do, it's jumping. No, wait ... we love to study things! That's it. In this article, I've put together a bunch of the more — and less — common "ologies".

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 04:24

SAT Vocabulary List: Ds

If you want to get into an American university or college, you are probably on the lookout for some good word lists for the SAT (the SAT Reasoning Test or SAT, previously known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test or Scholastic Assessment Test), the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), and the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Other countries have similar tests to the SAT, too. In this series on SAT word lists, we'll give you lists of words that you can study and learn for the SAT and other advanced level school exams. This SAT word list comprises more than 320 words starting with D. American spelling is used for all words.

Here is the sequel to Expand Your Vocabulary: Extraordinary Words for Ordinary Things. You can use this list of posh words to impress your friends when describing everyday things.

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 02:59

Improve Your Vocabulary: False Friends

As you know, there are thousands of different languages in the world. And inevitably, some words from these languages look the same as some English words — only they have very different meanings!

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.

Monday, 27 June 2011 00:31

Improve Your Vocabulary: Onomatopoeia

Onomato-whatzsit? Onomatopoeia (ono-mat-o-pee-ah) is the formation of a word from the sound of what it represents. This is a complicated way of saying that onomatopoeic words imitate a real sound.

Friday, 17 June 2011 05:07

Improve Your Vocabulary: Eponyms

An eponym is the name of a person (whether real or fictitious) that is used to name something, which can be as varied as a disease, novel, idea, tribe, historical period, or invention. In effect, an eponym is a common noun derived from a proper noun. You might be surprised at some of the eponyms we use every day without knowing it!

The Dictionary Game is about as much fun as you can have with a group of people, a dictionary or two, and some paper and pens. Trust us, this is a truly hilarious game, and is also a great way to expand and improve your vocabulary!

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