In a world where a thesaurus is never more than a few clicks away, vocabulary building may seem like an unnecessary task; but for anyone who communicates for a living, a rich vocabulary is invaluable. As PR students, we’ve heard countless times that good PR writing is clear and concise. Word choice plays a vital role in achieving that goal. Improving your vocabulary will help you communicate more clearly, ensuring your message has the desired effect on your audience.
Convinced? Here are four resources that will help you take your vocabulary to the next level.
WordThink is a great resource for anyone looking to make vocabulary building a part of their day-to-day life. Many dictionary websites have a “word of the day” feature but WordThink aims to stand out from the crowd by focusing on words that can be used in everyday life. For added convenience, WordThink offers a free subscription service so users can receive daily words via email or RRS feed.
This resource will not only teach you new words, it’ll also help you ace your next current events quiz. Merriam-Webster’s Trending Words looks at words that have gained popularity through use in the media, offering both a definition of the word and an explanation of the context in which it was used.
Vocabulary.com’s list feature compiles words based on various themes and allows users to test their knowledge with flashcard-style quizzes. The website boasts over 500,000 lists, featuring words from historical documents, famous speeches and more. Have a vocabulary quiz coming up? Vocabulary.com also lets users make lists of their own by manually inputting words or uploading up to 100 pages of text.
With Knoword, improving your vocabulary doesn’t have to be a chore. As addictive as it is challenging, this game will test both your vocabulary and your typing as you race to beat the clock. Who says learning can’t be fun?
This is just a small list of the vocabulary-building resources available online. Taking time to develop a strong vocabulary is truly time well spent, as it will help you to communicate more effectively both in the classroom and the workplace.
Written by Tureisha Hamlet