Expand your Vocabulary- /A nice compiled list of words for reference/

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

Other Resources

http://www.thesaurus.com/ – The best Online Thesarus

http://www.vocabula.com/vrbestwords.asp – A fine collection of  rarely used words

Closing

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.

Keep an eye on the Future

Ever wonder what the future holds for us with at least semi- accurate predictions? Well look no further, Future TimeLine (

http://www.futuretimeline.net/) can provide you with a basic glimpse into the future. The proclaiming statements this website has made are a head tilter none the less, but it is a relevant question we all should ponder on every once in awhile: What is the future going to be like?:

According to future timeline (http://www.futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2020.htm#.VSbTovnF-aQ) the 2020’s will be the real start to the “World Oil Crisis”, Internet usage will be at 5 billion,and we will have a cure for malaria. This website is only just a telescope looking into the presumed future, meaning some the things on future timeline may or may not happen, but it is still nonetheless very interesting, especially when you get deeper into the future.

Apparenly some time in the early 2090’s West Antarctica will be one of the fastest growing areas in the world (http://www.futuretimeline.net/21stcentury/2090-2099.htm#westantarctica)

Tired of “working” for a living? Well no worry! In 2200, traditional occupations will be obsolete! Just Hang on there!

Try this site out, It will perplex you as well as waste an easy 30 minutes.

Give Back To Your Community-ATU

Why not?

I want to give back to the community, but i don’t want to get all braggy with it, and I also don’t want to join some group for it, I’d rather just make my own group entirely- Instead I am going to employ my own idea of how I should give back-

Since Arkansas is “The Natural State”- why not live up to those standards? Why not pick up trash? I’ll start small- like at tech(Arkansas Tech University) and get a couple trash bags and get to work.

When you are out there on the roads, keep in mind to keep in mind not to throw trash out the window, not because it is against the law; but because it is bad for the environment- so it’s against the law.

It would be an ironic gesture for an Arkansan from “The Natural State” to be tossing trash out the window anyways,

So do your community a favor sometime, maybe do some recycling from time to time, maybe not text and drive(It can wait!), compliment someone, give better tips at restaurants, smile, help someone in need- all these small actions have such a profound effect in any thriving community.


The Informal Closing


[Informal Closing- Letter to Tech Students/On a side Note]

Give Back to the Community-ATU

Tech Students, I know you are already really good at picking up your trash and using the trash can to dispense of your litter- but still keep in mind to keep in mind.

-If you really want to give back to the community,first find what you want to change, if they don’t have a club that does what you want to do- then make your own. Don’t be afraid to put yourselves into uncomfortable situations to achieve your goals. It’s not as hard as you think it is, but it still kinda is(life is just weird like that).Still though, keep up the good work-

Your Friend

Colt Horton

Small Audiences and You

The small time blogger has no large audience, they reach a smaller network of people. Some may get discouraged and give up, and others keep their head down and keep working. For even a small time blogger has something to share with the world. Even though the audience may be small, it doesn’t take away their importance or relevance. Everyone starts out small, you got to start somewhere, even if it is at a word press blog and you might have 5 likes at most. I learned you gotta be happy with what you get, and to work harder to attain more viewership.

The amount of views and likes on any of your posts is the social currency that drives us to post them in the first place. How do most people rake in the views? Well first off, they know heir audience. They know who they are writing it for and they also incorporate Aristotle’s Three artistic proof’s Ethos, Logos, Pathos(  http://pathosethoslogos.com/) either knowingly or unknowingly. To draw in the readers a blogger can write about a niche, or write a how to guide, either way it is all content. All content is useful in some way ( and if it is not, then it teaches you how to NOT write content). This skill of writing content is an art and only takes hard work and experience to even come close to mastering (if that can be done).

Patience is another virtue of good blog writing, coming up in this vast and deep ocean of content, you can’t very well come out number one everyday. You can’t rush into things either, timing in this world is everything. You also can’t be too much in a hurry to post something either, at least have the common decency to look over your material and give it the ‘ol spell-check, and other bad grammar,now i’m not perfect at this subject, and i’m kind of rough around the edges, but I try to at least make it readable.

Small audiences are your base foundation of viewers, and it is where you start. This is your up-bringing in the information age, it is your online acculturation. So take time to recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and find out where you can contribute. Build your own network of people, find others that like the same things as you, learn something new!

http://moz.com/blog/21-tactics-to-increase-blog-traffic-2012