How big is your vocabulary? Most native speakers of English only have a limited vocabulary of a meager 20,000 words- and most of the time we use less than half of that. Learning new words not only benefits you in general, it adds spice to any paper you might have to type up, you can actually sound smart insulting some one using your expanded vocabulary.
So how big is the English Language? According to the Language Monitor the English language has as many as 1,025,109.8 words (http://www.languagemonitor.com/number-of-words/number-of-words-in-the-english-language-1008879/)
So how can you learn new words? How do you attain this proficiency, or even come close to that number?
I have a bona fide method myself that has passed the test of time. I really just read any book (those old Philosophy books are perfect) I’ll underline any obscure or strange word, look them up and write them down- eventually I use them on a daily basis. Knowing allot of words is more than just recognizing, its the application of these words that put you into real perspective as a writer.
Try using some of these words for next paper, blog post, etc. you have to write- You would be surprised just how powerful these words can be.
- Flaccid- soft, hanging loosely
- Disseminating- to spread or disperse
- Generative-relating to or capable of producing or reproducing
- Effervescent- giving off bubbles, fizzy
- Unequivocally- leaving no doubt
- Resplendent-Attractive and impressive
- Befitting- gerund or present participle
- Supplementally- added to something else to make it complete
- Primogenitory- First born or eldest child of the same parents
- Procure- obtain, especially with care
- Hanker- to feel a strong desire to do something
- Ignominious- deserving or causing public disgrace
- Brooded- to think deeply about something that makes one unhappy
- Multitudinous- very numerous
- Toil- to work extremely hard
- Abscond- to leave hurriedly
- Accouterments- articles of clothing
- Affable- Easy and Pleasant to talk to, approachable
- Agrestic- rural, rustic
- Aplomb- self confident
- Apolaustic- devoted to enjoyment
- Bereft- deprived of something
- Boeotian- stupid, dull
- Chauvinistic- aggressively or fanatically patriotic
- Chthonic- of or related to the underworld
- Concatenate- to connect or link in chain
- Dearth- a scarce supply
- Defenestrate- to throw out the window
- Dollop- a shapeless mass or blob
- Euphony- agreeable sound
- Exiguous- meager
- Facetious- playfully Jocular, Humorous
http://www.thesaurus.com/ – The best Online Thesarus
http://www.vocabula.com/vrbestwords.asp – A fine collection of rarely used words
Learning new words requires devotion, and above all improves your capability to create readable works- it adds more description, it lights the path and guides the reader. So never stop, in fact- learn a new word every day.