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How to Increase & Improve Your Word Power

Updated on October 7, 2012
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Want to become a vocabulary veteran? Ready to lengthen your lexicon? Well, you've come to the right hub!! Becoming a master of words will help improve your writing skills, so start training now! Be relentless in your efforts, word ninjas!!!

Here are a dozen simple strategies for volumizing your vocabulary:

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READ

The more you read exceptional writing, the more words you will learn. Therefore, make reading a daily routine. But, don't a just read for pleasure...read for mastery! Always make sure to use your dictionary detective skills when you find words that you've never seen before!

Dictionary Detective

Whenever you encounter a word you don't know, investigate!! Words are everywhere, so the opportunities for learning new terms is endless! Invest in a dictionary and put it to good use!!

Thesaurus

Multiply your word options by using a thesaurus. Don't just say the sunset looks nice. Instead, declare that it is beautiful, fantastic, wonderful, awe-inspiring, enchanting, stupendous, and spectacular!!

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Watch and Learn

Keep a paper and pen handy the next time you're watching something on TV. Write down words that you don't know and use context clues to guess their definitions. Then, during commercials, you can see if you were right by looking up the words in the dictionary. If you're watching with family members and/or friends, make a game out of it by betting on whose guessed definition is correct. Also, switch it up every now and then by watching different types of programs. This will ensure that you'll get a wide variety of words to play with!

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Broaden Your Horizons

Read outside of your comfort zone. If you like novels, try poetry or plays. If you crave magazines, pick up a comic book or pamphlet. Check out the book store at your local university for some good deals on used textbooks. Also, try reading through the sections of the newspaper that you would usually ignore. Intake of content-specific jargon will expose you to words you would never have encountered otherwise.

Crossword Puzzles

Don't just read the newspaper- tackle the crossword too!! It takes phenomenal word skills to complete a crossword puzzles, so reward yourself when you do! You can also find crossword puzzle books in the magazine section at your favorite grocery store. They come in all different themes and difficulty levels, so it's easy to find the perfect puzzle for you!

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Be an Etymologist

Study the origins of words as well as prefixes and suffixes. Knowing these common roots will help you to infer the meanings of the new words that you come across. Making connections between words with the same roots will help you to better understand language patterns.

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Word of the Day

Choose a word of the day (today, my word is "nefarious") and reward yourself every time you use it throughout the day. Make sure you tell people what your word of the day means so you pass on the smarts. Otherwise, you're just plain nefarious!!

Learn Another Language

Learning a second language can help you become more competent in your native tongue (as translation takes expertise.) Choose a language that has always intrigued you and practice, practice, practice!!!

Play Word Games

Games like Scrabble, Bananagrams, Appleletters, Pairs in Pears, Boggle, Upwords, Balderdash, and Scattergories are great for increasing word power. Get your friends and family involved for some fun competition. Who will be crowned the ultimate word ninja??

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Use It OR Lose It

Don't just learn new words, use them in everyday conversation. By sharing the knowledge you gain, you help to spread the art of articulation around the globe. Don't worry about sounding "too smart" because passing on knowledge is the greatest gift of all!!! As long as you're not condescending, people will appreciate it!

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Be a Gamer

That's right, have some fun and play a video game or two! Believe it or not, many video games require lots of reading and utilize an extensive vocabulary (esp. those that include walk-throughs, game guides, and/or supplemental materials.)


Scribblenauts...

Scribblenauts video games force you to use your lexicon power (nouns & adjectives) to complete objectives. Use synonyms to solve puzzles in multiple ways and unlock the gold star for each level. Do you have what it takes to be a Scribblenaut?

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are all wonderful ideas! I love learning new words and expanding my vocabulary and these tips are very helpful

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Yes, great ideas. A great list of word games. Fun to learn new words, agreed.

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      forever2013 4 years ago

      waaaaw...really awesome strategies to follow

      Appreciate it

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Superb word of the day, biancapaloma! The force is strong with you ;)

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      biancapaloma 6 years ago

      Meritorious hub! (I just looked that up!)

      It's good to keep the brain active with some word power (;

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks gmwilliams ;) Happy word hunting to you!!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I practice these things almost everyday. Marvelous and stupendous hub.