A while back, I set out to learn 15,842 new words. So far, on my quest, I have learned… probably 8 new ones? Maybe 10. I don’t know. Not many yet, that’s for sure, but I’m working on it.
My method for learning new words is to look in a dictionary or look up words I come across in reading, which is a fine method, but there’s a better one, especially if you like word games like Scrabble or Words With Friends or Boggle:
That site is a one-stop shop, as I like to say, for word-game lovers. Whatever your word, whatever your game, there’s help for you on the BoLS site. Scrabble lovers will find a Scrabble Word Finder, Scrabble Cheat, and other tips. Words With Friends players can get page after page of synonyms and antonyms and anagrams of words. Even Boggle lovers – you 80s throwbacks, you!—will find a page to help.
Words of all sorts are splashed all over their site, in varying lengths and with definitions and words of the day, and it’s the kind of site that’s going to make you better at any word game you like. Crosswords puzzles? I love doing those, too, and the site even helps me with that.
One neat feature I saw they have is the popular lookup searches, letting you know what other words people are looking up. I like that because I not only feel a little better to know someone ELSE didn’t know a word, either, but it’s a great way to find words you don’t already know and learn about them.
Check out the site, and see if it doesn’t improve your vocabulary and up your game.