>In case you’re still in the dark, I love words! I just can’t get enough of words and the assembling of them. If Raul would let me keep one book in our bathroom, it’d be a dictionary. I subscribe to a word-of-the-day email. I’ve been doing crossword/word- search puzzles since middle school. When I’m waiting around, I love doing the vocab quiz in Reader’s Digest. Its so important to stretch our vocab. Just because we aren’t learning grammar in school anymore doesn’t mean we should stop learning grammar.The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains 171,476 words in current use – but just how many of those words do we know, much less, actually use?

I thought I’d share some of my favorite words & how to use them. 
If you’re feelin’ it, add ’em to your word reservoir and try to use them sometime this week.

  1. JUXTAPOSE- place side by side: “The fauvists juxtaposed strong colors.”
  2. EXPONENTIALLY – in an exponential manner; “inflation is growing exponentially”
  3. QUANDARY – The school was in a quandary over the needful size of a playground.
  4. COPIOUS – She thought about the planets all day and wrote copious notes to them.
  5. QUINTESSENTIAL – Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: “Shakespeare was the quintessential romantic”
  6. COMPELLING – having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: “a man of compelling integrity.”
  7. CAPSULIZE – To capsule: capsulized the news every 30 minutes.
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