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The Secret Manual for Flexing Your Vocabulary Muscles

The Secret Manual for Flexing Your Vocabulary Muscles

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Published by: Enjiao Chen on Jul 27, 2010
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The secret manual for flexing your vocabulary muscles
 
Contents
First things first, make it personal.
Know your roots!
Prefixes and suffixes
References
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First things first, make it personal.
Every time you come across a word that you do not know, write it down at the backof your bus ticket, on a receipt, on a rough piece of paper, etc.Next, check its meaning out and jot it down in a notebook. Learn how to make asentence with it by looking at examples fromhttp://www.thefreedictionary.com/andwrite down your own!
Know your roots
Did you know… that at least half of the words in the English language are derivedfrom Greek and Latin roots.Examples:
Sophomores 
are students in their second year of college or high school. But whatdoes
sophomoric 
mean?The "sopho" part of the word comes from the same Greek root that givesus
philosophy 
, which we know means "love of knowledge." The "ic" ending issometimes added to adjectival words in English, but the "more" part of the wordcomes from the same Greek root that gives us
moron 
.Thus sophomores are people who think they know a lot but really don't know muchabout anything, and a sophomoric act is typical of a "wise fool," a "smart-ass"!Back to
philosophy 
, we know the "sophy" part is related to knowledge and the"phil" part is related to love (because we know that Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and that a philodendron loves shady spots).What, then, is
philanthropy 
? "Phil" is still love, and "anthropy" comes from thesame Greek root that gives us
anthropology 
, which is the study ("logy," we know,
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