If you’ve been whingeing about how out of touch this week’s vocabulary word is with today’s world, you aren’t alone. Even I am having a hard time confirming how to properly spell the various conjugations of the word “whinge.” (Microsoft Word’s spell-checking tool doesn’t recognize any spelling at all—including that of the word itself!)
But don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining. Instead, I found a new source that’s as useful as it is helpful.
“What’s the difference?” you ask. Well, while WordThink helps me learn new words to build my vocabulary, it also teaches me words I can actually use in a sentence with my colleagues. The WordThink site says:
“While there are many dictionary sites that provide a ‘Word of The Day’ listing, too often they include obscure words that would never be used in a typical conversation or letter. … The WordThink staff routinely examines hundreds of daily news media stories to find words that are compelling and persuasive in getting your point across — NOT wasting time on cryptic words that will never be spoken or used in a cognitive sentence.
“WordThink provides you with a daily reminder to use many of the words you may already know, and add hundreds of new words to your vocabulary that you can actually use every day.”
Now that’s truly speaking with a better vocabulary!
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