Tip of the Week #12

One of my favorite quotes comes from The Pledge, by Michael Masterson.

    “Words matter.  They help us define meaning.  We think with words.  We learn with words.  Words are the fundamental tools we use for communicating.  If we use them well, we can cut, and shape, and polish our ideas precisely, and beautifully.  If we use them sloppily, we put ourselves at an intellectual disadvantage.  Words can help you think well.  If you think well, you can plan well.  If you plan well, you can work well.  If you work well, you can accomplish almost anything.”

We both know that if you have a powerful vocabulary, you will tend to rise above those who have a weaker command of the English language.

Here is the problem.

You are busy.  In fact, some of you are buried, swamped, and overwhelmed.

How in the world are you going to learn a new word every day?

It could be easier that you think.

Do you check your email every day?  I do.  I know, some of you, who are still waiting on a response from me, are thinking… “No you don’t!”

I do.  Promise.  I will get back to you.  I check my email every day but Sunday.  I do not, however, respond every day.  I just do not have enough time, unfortunately.

But, I digress.

If you are like me, and you check your email everyday, you could radically improve your vocabulary.

Simply sign up for one of the many “word a day” email lists available.

Here are two of my favorites:

A Word A Day: https://www.wordsmith.org/awad/

Dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/

Increasing your vocabulary by just one word a day increases your vocabulary by 365 days a year!  In
five years, you will have added almost two thousand words to your vocabulary!

Of course, if you are a Facebook user, you can follow my word a day feed.  I have been posting several words a day for almost five years now.  Had you been following, your vocabulary would have increased by nearly four thousand words!

Have a happy Saturday!