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I Look Up Words I Don't Know

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    Dictionary.com is my friend!  I jot down or make mental notes of words I don't know to look up later.  And as it's rather impractical to be hauling around an Oxford English or Webster's Unabridged!!
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F Nov 23, 2011

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    Pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism it means “a feigned opposition to the separating of the state from the Church” and, at 34 letters, it draws level with the Mary Poppins nonsense
    iDry iDry 22-25, F Jan 4, 2012

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    I Do...

    Haha...when I look up words, I use this amazing new piece of technology called the dictionary!!! XD I currently have 2 of them...the one is brown and old and the 1st page of the "I" section fell out...I lost that one. The other one is lime green and AMAZING! (I exaggerate...
    TheSkunkLady TheSkunkLady 13-15, F Jul 9, 2012

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    Of Course I Do!

    How else would I be able to expand my vocabulary?
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F Feb 5, 2011

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    "cloyingly"

    For some reason, foodies have adopted this as a favorite word.  They say something is "cloyingly sweet" all the time, and I never really knew what it meant.  They use it in a context which I would take to mean 'too sweet', but the word itself sounds more like it's 'flirting...
    PrincessAstrid PrincessAstrid 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2011

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    By Necessity

    If one reads a story or article and skips over a word that they don't understand they may miss the meaning of the entire text. By necessity I look up those words to understand the author's intended meaning, and to possibly expand my vocabulary. One word can sometimes be the...
    neonshades neonshades 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 9, 2010

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    I love dictionary.com

    I look up words not only to extend my vocabulary, but I think it's important to look up words when reading to better comprehend it. So I'll be sitting here reading, come across a word I don't know the meaning of, pull up dictionary.com and find out! =)
    Brieks07 Brieks07 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2009

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    I Like To Be Correct

    I have my name all over the place in thousands of stories. If that many people are being exposed to my stuff, I feel I owe it to my readers to keep things neat and articulated as well as I am able.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 8, 2011

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    I was raised by a logophile

    and it definitely rubbed off. I rarely need to look up the definition of anything but I will DEFINITELY do so when necessary! Strangely it's the "hip" terminologies which have me firing up the "Urban Dictionary" the most. Especially those damn abbreviations which make NO SENSE...
    Beaver318 Beaver318 41-45, M May 28

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    Yes I Do

    It's the only way you are going to learn the words, and it takes 10 seconds to do.
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp 22-25, M Feb 10, 2011

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    Word I Looked Up Today

    I was reading through confessions today on this site, and I noticed an EP member's mood was "quixotic." I'd never even heard that word before! lol. So I wondered about it, and then I'm like "o hey, I'll look it up!" Good, ol' dictionary.com again! Since synonyms "ding" in my...
    Brieks07 Brieks07 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 25, 2009

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    Look Up Words

    I do this since I love learning and learning is never a loss!  When I don't understand a word, I will look it up.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 16, 2011

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    It Started As My Grandfathers Reward!

    My grandfather who loved to learn new things, having been an Air Force Master Sgt, along with many other careers after retirement used money as an icentive to get us kids to learn words lol For every 10 definitions we looked up and wrote down he would give us a dollar. So back...
    therealbutternuts therealbutternuts 31-35, F Mar 9, 2010

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    Internets Good Yeah?

    I remember reading the dictionary before bed at night when I was a kid. Yeah say what you will, I like words. I won't say I'm actually any good at stringing a sentence together, but just because someone likes playing with internal organs, doesn't mean they're a surgeon...
    newmurderer newmurderer 70+ May 11, 2010

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    Always!

    Ever since I was child, I learned to look up words. Only because my parents were fed up with me asking all the time, "What does that word mean?" So they bought me a dictionary and would answer my question with an very annoyed, "Go look it up!" XD So, every...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 17, 2009

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    I Like To Keep Up My Education

    Although I graduated in 1972 from high school and couldn't afford college, I like to discover new words and their meanings. For that quirk, I can thank Merle Lundahl, Laura Barr, and Lois Sealing - God rest them all. Every one of them is responsible for making me love language...
    MaryJanine MaryJanine 56-60, F May 23, 2013

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    Context Then Dictionary

    Whenever I am reading a story or whatever I use context clues first, and then I try to guess what the word means. I always get excited whenever I am close to the definition. My family thinks I am crazy whenever I do this.
    donnabrownica donnabrownica 70+, F Aug 3, 2012

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    Words

    Whenever I come across an unfamiliar word I say it to myself three times then I look it up in dictionary.com. If I'm at work I use an actual dictionary & thesaurus. I love the thumb indexes.
    Smiles360 Smiles360 51-55, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2012

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