I have a cousin who will soon be taking the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) to enter graduate school. My aunt, her mother, recently contacted me about helping to improve my cousin's vocabulary. This week's word comes directly from the SAT (commonly formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test and still taken by high schoolers before entry into undergraduate college): sagacity.
To be sagacious is to possess keen discernment and wisdom. To have sagacity is the same. The word comes from the Latin sagac, sagax or sagire, all meaning "to perceive keenly." It's akin to sagus, or prophetic. By the way, it can also be proper to conjugate sagacity as sagaciousness.
Vocabularly can be very elusive to many people. But keeping up with new words—whether weekly or even daily—can really improve anyone's ability to speak and understand. It aids IQ points, test scores, workplace and personal relationships, as well as general navigation of one's world.
In addition to this blog, there are several sources that can add words to your lexicon via regular e-mail to your in-box. Here is a small-but-helpful list you would be wise to use:
Oxford English Dictionary online
The (relatively new) Bloomsbury English Dictionary
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