To get in to graduate school for speech-language pathology, I had to take the Graduate Record Examination. As soon as I found out I passed, I made plans to rid myself of the bulky workbooks and the memories they held of torturous evening classes and daily practice. But I knew I would not throw out the vocabulary flashcards. Those were a gift. I couldn’t believe my luck when I found out that an entire section of the exam was based on vocabulary words: their definitions, usage and related words. We get to play word games?! Almost made up for the math. Almost.
Anyway, this morning I pulled out the stack of about 200 cards from between my literary journals and my copy of the 2009 Writer’s Market and shuffled them up. For fun, I pulled out 3 cards. Today I’m challenging you to use at least one of these words in writing or conversation…particularly if you don’t use it normally. If these words happen to be a part of your lexicon already, choose one that you don’t use or don’t know the meaning of. Get to know the meaning and then be bold! Throw the word into a conversation with a colleague, your neighbour, your spouse. Toss it into your work-in- progress if you’re a writer. How did it work for you?
Here are the words:
1. taciturn: silent, not talkative
2. prevaricate: to lie or deviate from the truth
3. propitiate: to conciliate, to appease
If you like this sort of thing, I encourage you to make it a daily practice. You can click here to learn a new word every day!
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