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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:13 PM
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The importance of a large vocabulary

http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_1_vocabulary.html

This is a long article which basically argues that vocabulary size and educational success are well correlated. It also goes into how to insure that students have a large vocabulary. I read, many years ago, that the average college graduate has a vocabulary about 15,000 words larger than a similar person with only high school.

When I was about a freshman in high school, I was an avid science fiction reader. I read a story about a Russian scientist who had defected to the USA. He liked it fine except he missed his borscht soup. This was mentioned several times. Finally I noticed it, and paid attention. So far as I knew I had never encountered borscht soup before. Now that I knew it, I encountered it three more times before the week was over.

We tend to skim over unfamiliar words and miss much of the content as a result. Anyway, be on the look out for verisimilitude.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:40 PM
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I/We (my family) have always loved lots of reading and word play games!

One aspect I love with my Kindle is the built in dictionary, which enables me to highlight any particular word and pop up with it's meaning.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:41 PM
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Pssttttt. It's "its".


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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:44 PM
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Pssttttt. It's "its".


And you are correct!

(Glad to see you are on the ball, madsci.. )
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:46 PM
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We'll have to take away your English Card if you keep that up
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:47 PM
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We'll have to take away your English Card if you keep that up
Nobody is perfect, madsci!

And I don't pretend to be... especially when I'm typing on my keyboard by the light of the monitor...
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Really? The sun is still up hear.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:59 PM
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Funny... but Highstarter was all about his extreme vocabulary skills... Why use a two-bit word when a nickel word will communicate the idea just as well... maybe better...?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Really? The sun is still up hear.
That is worth a *raspberry*...
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:55 PM
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pssst! It's "ensure", not insure. Hagel zur Rechtschreibungspolizei!
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:00 PM
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The more words you know the better IMO.

The problem comes in when the people you are talking to don't know them.

Having a Mother that worked crossword puzzles in ink had a lot to do with my vocabulary.

"What is a four letter word for a guitar part?" Fret. "That's it!"

"What is a shipworm?" Teredo. "That's it!"

"What is a Geoduck?" Pronunced "Gooeduck" a shellfish that I am told are quite tasty.

Told a friend in e-mail that I was tired of his religious screed and he replied that he had never heard that term.

Screed has two meanings. The one I meant was not related to concrete.

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:17 PM
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Pssttttt. It's "its".



Psssttt.... it's Nazis, not Nazi's
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:26 PM
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The reason big words are impotent (funny joke about that use) is so you can BS better than the next person. In some cases, people don't want to look stupid by asking you what a word means when they are trying to BS others. I have seen this happen too many times. It is far better to act stupid and have a few brain cell than to pretend to know what the hell is going on when you don't have a clue.

The joke. A guy going to get a vasectomy is walking down the street in a tuxedo. A friend ask him why he is so dressed up and he responds, "If I'm gonna be impotent, I wants to look impotent."
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 06:53 PM
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A good way to expand vocabulary is to understand the geek and latin roots. You burn a few of those in and suddenly words youve never seen before make sense and ordinary words reveal their true meaning. One word that always makes me laugh is Gymnast.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 07:04 PM
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The joke. I guy going to get a vasectomy is walking down the street in a tuxedo. A friend ask him why he is so dressed up and he responds, "If I'm gonna be impotent, I wants to look impotent."
Kinda funny to post that joke in this thread...since whoever wrote it either doesn't know what a vasectomy is or the definition of impotent...
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