I Look Up Words I Don't Know

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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

    Online Dictionary

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Yes I Do

    It's the only way you are going to learn the words, and it takes 10 seconds to do.
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp
    26-30, M
    Feb 10, 2011

    Like

    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

    "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
    Sep 25, 2011

    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

    Of Course I Do!

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
    61-65, F
    May 23, 2013

    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

    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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