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30 days to a more powerful vocabulary

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By Wilfred John Funk and Norman Lewis. Published in 1960 and 1993.

Why is it better to have a powerful vocabulary? The first two sentences in the book give us a good answer – Your boss has a bigger vocabulary than you have. That’s one good reason why he/she’s your boss.

Judging by the year of publication, we can expect there will be words in the book that aren’t often or not at all used anymore. It does deal with some words we don’t hear in everyday life, neither in films or vlogs anymore. Those we can either ignore or just read about them if interested.

The book is divided by chapters that are supposed to be days – to take one chapter a day. Each contains an explanation to why the words in the given chapter are useful and important to know. Then there’s a series of exercises in the form of tests, where we check ourselves to how well we have read the presentation of the words at the begining and how well we have remembered and understood it. The tests present examples of how certain words are and can be used in the spoken or written language. The book starts with synonyms, antonyms and homonyms. Where it instantly throws us into extending our vocabulary.

It also explains some of the words’ origins, whether they come from: latin, greek, french, german or other languages.

For instance, I got a whole new appreciation for the word procrastinate. Not even because of its meaning, but just because of the word itself. It is still used today, sometimes too often (we’re all too familiar with the act of it…).

What about the words sublimate, rusticate, presumptuous? Do you know these words? Do you use them?

Anyone who thinks they could expand their vocabulary, should examine a book like this. It’s useful and an easy thing to do. Specially when done gradually.

So if you have the feeling you could do more with your language, take the time and learn some new words. It really doesn’t take much – a couple of minutes is all you need. So simple!

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