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  • Anyone else find the forum a great way of expanding their dictionary?
  • Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    My word of the day is “apposite”.

    “highly pertinent or appropriate”

    Now, after looking it up I can see it likely stems from “apt” but I didn’t know that till I cheated.

    I’m sure it’s known by most on here but not by me.

    Reminds me of when I started reading books by choice rather than being “forced” to for education purposes. I kept a dictionary close at hand as I hated not knowing the meaning of a word. Wish I was so diligent at School.😉

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Reminds me of when I started reading books by choice rather than being “forced” to for education purposes.

    Did you find that you mispronounced all the words you didn’t hear at home or school though? I did. It’s a sure sign that you’ve learned from self led reading, not expensive schooling. Even with modern tech to hand to help, I still get friends from more privileged backgrounds laughing at my attempts. Teaching kids language skills early (ancient and modern) pays off big time when it comes to using our own mongrel of a language.

    Premier Icon ernielynch
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    I am constantly checking the meaning of words before posting. I’m just grateful that I don’t need to know how to pronounce them.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    grateful that I don’t need to know how to pronounce them

    Amen brother!

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    I recently bought a new thesaurus but all the pages are blank. Not only is it terrible but its also terrible.

    Premier Icon Riksbar
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    Surely you mean expanding your lexicon?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Not only is it terrible but its also terrible.

    > insert best emoji for a groan here <

    Premier Icon mefty
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    No.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    kelvin

    Did you find that you mispronounced all the words you didn’t hear at home or school though?

    Hello teach.

    Yes indeed and I still find myself second guessing.

    I’m still not confident in saying “hyperbole” in the wild for fear of stumbling over the last part of the word due to overthinking it.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Riksbar
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    Surely you mean expanding your lexicon?

    God damn it,I knew I could have used a better word!

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I’m still not confident in saying “hyperbole”

    I said “I did”, I should have said “I do”. If we’d had Greek/Latin drummed into us we wouldn’t think twice about it. Perhaps.

    Premier Icon Poopscoop
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    Lords sake, don’t get us into grammar.

    I’d be terrified to post anything on here.

    (I’m willing to bet I’ve made one error at least in the above. Possibly more in this bracketed comment too.)

    Premier Icon binners
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    As a crayon-based colourer-inner I’m semi-literate. There’s only one dictionary I need…

    Premier Icon mattyfez
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    I’d say so, for sure.

    Every day is a school day as they say. Typos are typos but it’s always interesting to see big words like ‘Audi’ and ’29er’.

    Premier Icon Edukator
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    Yup, STW is my only contact with street English. My wife keeps up with the Guardian and I’m always one step ahead with the latest buzz words and expressions thanks to STW. However some of it I’m happy to remain ignorant about, for example:

    To add, get rid of any QnapCloud accounts and disable UPnP on your NAS

    The first place I saw ‘Brexit’ was STW.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    Yes, its perfectly cromulent to embiggen your lexicon

    Premier Icon tthew
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    Yes, I find it really really, really, really really

    really

    good.

    (Homer Simpson, c. 1995)

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Not only is it terrible but its also terrible.

    Chateau!

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Most of the best words are **** out….

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Yes but – there is a fine line between expanding the lexicon, and being able to write and communicate in general in plain english. It’s something I’m very careful to do at work in particular; I have an extremely well educated workforce but many do not have English as a first language.

    I think people like to use complex language as a means of demonstrating ‘intelligence’ and it’s not the same thing; in fact if your language prevents you being understood you’re not using your intelligence to impart knowledge.

    There’s a few posters on here who do this and I can’t be bothered to read their posts with a dictionary next to me, so I miss their points entirely. Talk to your audience, get your point across.

    Premier Icon stevious
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    We tried to sneak a book of synonyms past the librarian but they saw us.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    I think people like to use complex language as a means of demonstrating ‘intelligence’ and it’s not the same thing;

    Take note, prime minister

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    …being able to write and communicate in general in plain english. It’s something I’m very careful to do at work in particular; I have an extremely well educated workforce but many do not have English as a first language.

    My wife proof reads papers for non English speakers and they occasionally use words that she has to look up. It often turns out it is the perfect word to describe the thing or situation but no native English speaker would use it.

    Premier Icon toby1
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    Most people I work with have PhD’s these days, every flipping day is a school day, most recent example ‘sysphian’. Favourite prior to that was axiomatically, or orthogonal.

    Premier Icon tlr
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    *Sisyphean

    (Sorry).

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    I think people like to use complex language as a means of demonstrating ‘intelligence’ and it’s not the same thing;

    Take note, prime minister

    Of all the things he guilty of that’s not one. He doesn’t use archaic, abstruse language to look intelligent, he does it precisely because it obfuscates.

    Premier Icon toby1
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    *Sisyphean

    (Sorry).

    No need to be, I heard it, looked it up, but didn’t commit the spelling to memory completely as I’m not sure I’d ever use it personally 🙂

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