I recently came upon “Why Improving Your Vocabulary Can Enhance Your Life.” The article pointed out that building a vocabulary can help you feel better about yourself because you will have a larger command of the language.
Vocabulary is crucial because it’s directly related to language. Moreover, a correlation has been shown between increasing vocabulary and a higher IQ.
The article stressed that possibly the best benefit is being able to communicate ideas in a much more effective manner.
I encourage you to add these five words to your vocabulary bank.
- candidness (can-did-NESS)
- the quality of being sweet
- gloomy, taciturn
- a dishabille appearance
- the quality of being straightforward and outspoken
- ennui (ohn-WEE)
- enthusiastic, excited
- a feeling of boredom
- lovely, delicate
- affect [ah-FECT]
- to influence something or to have an impact on
- the result of an action
- to spread (to other people)
- None of the above
- coyness [KOI-ness]
- when one is marked by a cute, coquettish or artful playfulness
- showing a reluctance to reveal one’s plans or opinions, especially when insincere or affected
- showing a reluctance to commit
- All of the above
- rapport [rah-POUR]
- a close relationship of mutual understanding
- unpleasant news
No. 1 is D. I wish I had the quality of candidness; in meetings I tend not to comment.
Merriam-Webster defines ennui as “a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction.” The professor told the class, “There’s a wave of ennui in this classroom that you can almost cut with a knife.” No. 2 is B.
Sometimes there’s confusion about the difference between affect and effect. The Oxford Dictionary website encourages us to think of affect as a verb that means to influence or make a difference to.
Effect is chiefly used as a noun that means a result or influence, but it can also be used a verb meaning to bring something about as a result, in more formal contexts (Oxford Dictionary). Lengthy power outages on the night before final exams affect grades. A grade of A is the effect of studying the course’s material the night before.
No. 3 is A.
No. 4 is D.
No. 5 is A. For learning to take place, there must be a good rapport between the student and professor.
Editor’s Note: Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D., of Eupora is a speech and theatre professor at East Mississippi Community College. He is also pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in northeastern Choctaw County. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org