So, a long time ago I signed up to get these Word-of-the-Day e-mails from Dictionary.com. I've never unsubscribed, because getting a new word sent to you each morning is great. One of two things happens:
- You already know the word, and you get to feel smug and smart (best outcome!); or
- You learn a new word (consolation prize).
I also watch the various seasons of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise a lot. I know most people think the housewives are awful and the show is terrible, but they are only half right: the housewives are awful and the show is awesome. The current season (Beverly Hills) may, in fact, be the most awesome yet (although New Jersey Season 1 is tough to top).
How do these two topics relate? Well, at some point in the past week or so, I decided I could better justify my enthusiasm for this awful, superficial show if I could also use it to learn my daily vocab word. So now, each morning when I receive my e-mail from Dictionary.com, I try to make myself use it in a valid, Real Housewives-themed sentence. Here are a couple of examples:
\ shuh-TOI-uhnt \ , adjective;
1. Having changeable lustre; twinkling.
2. (Of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals.
\ KAT-suhn-jam-er \ , noun;
1. The discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking2. Uneasiness; anguish; distress.3. Uproar; clamor.
\ sok-DOL-uh-jer \ , noun;
1. A decisive reply, argument.2. Something unusually large, heavy, etc.3. A heavy, finishing blow.
This method has significantly increased my retention of new vocab words over the past several days. I encourage you to give it a try.