Wednesday, 24 August 2011 18:39

SAT Vocabulary List: Q, R

Want to improve your score for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)? Or simply improve your vocabulary? Then study these SAT words starting with Q and R.

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, 23 June 2011 00:09

Improve Your Vocabulary: List of Phobias

This article takes a lighthearted look at words for phobias or morbid fears. I have suffered several phobias myself, but I have learned the best way of confronting fear is, for me, to laugh in its face.

A sound knowledge of prefixes can really help you to understand many more words, and to learn more words too! It's an effective and quick way to increase your vocabulary

Monday, 13 June 2011 10:50

More Clever Insults

Following the positive response to How To Insult People And Get Away With It, here is another installment of words that sound like compliments but which are quite insulting.

We like to shorten things in English, whether it's BRB in a chat room (Be Right Back) or etc (et cetera), these abbreviations can trip you up if you're not sure what they mean. In this article I introduce you to the most commonly used abbreviations and initialisms, and what they mean. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 01:16

The Benefits of Puzzles

It may seem to you that spending time doing puzzles is rather frivolous and a waste of time. But you'd be quite wrong (sorry about that). Solving puzzles and playing word games — whether crosswords, word searches, cryptograms, Scrabble, or anagrams — provides many benefits, some of which may be surprising to you. Read on!

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