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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Writing Exercises | Expanding Vocabulary

Our weekly exercise is back! I hope you guys get a lot out of this one. This one will help expand vocabulary and also ingrain the word in your brain. You'll fully grasp the concept of the word you choose and be able to use it whenever you want. I found it here.

  • Grab a dictionary- open it and pick a word. 
    • Read the meaning, synonyms. Really grasp the meaning.
  • Put the dictionary away and write about the word for ten minutes. Yes! Ten minutes.
  • Do it again for two to five words.
  • After you've done that, find the common thread between the words. 
    • If you can't find one, figure out a way to connect them all
So I flipped through my dictionary and randomly picked three words.
  1. Discriminate
  2. Play
  3. Zest
Discriminate and Zest are quite opposite. While zest means charming or invoking interesting, discriminate means to be partial, more or less. Play obviously means to have fun, not serious. It's a bit of a stretch by play and zest are both positive as in charming or fun, while discriminate has a negative connotation.

This one is hard. It's hard to find common anything between random words. Try it for yourself and tell me what you find. It'll be interesting to see such different words have connections. Until next week!

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