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I Look Up Words I Don't Know

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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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    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 66-70, F Aug 3, 2012

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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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    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 66-70 May 11, 2010

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    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

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    When it comes to women I have two kinds of relationships. The first type is basically a hook up type of relationship. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. Its the...
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    I've tried and tried to find someone to date and have been failing for all my adult life now. I've gotten to where I don't care what my profiles on the dating sites say. I don't...
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    i had my stories from one group removed and than i got removed from that group and i don't know why. i had been in the group for like 2 years and then i was removed fr no reason
    mylife1998 mylife1998 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I'm tired of putting myself out there and being kicked around.. I'm married with 2 beautiful girls. My husband ignores me. I have to ask for any kind of affection and I rarely get...
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    Some Indians from India pretend or seriously don't know that they have Blood relations with some of us in Guyana, Trinidad, and Suriname. As of today, instead of Some Indians...
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    I am not married but I am engaged. Me and my fiancé have been having problems especially when he's drunk. We have been living together for 5 years. I got pregnant at 18 and...
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    My husband spent about an hour this morning calling me every name he could think of. I destroyed his career and I am the reason our 15 year old is transgender. He wishes I would...
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    I don't know what to do, i want to enjoy my life but how? i want an adventure but i don't have friends to be with.
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    Seem like I have been down in the spiritual battle field too long I don't know why or if it was a made up but for the most part everyone is ok now,but after 25years I am alone and...
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    This is so stupid, but this is my marriage... Today I mentioned to my husband that the side yard looked bad. When he asked what was wrong with it, I told him that it would be...
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    I don't know who my birth father is.... I was told he was this one guy since as long as I can remember. Age 3 or 4... So this summer I hired a PI to find this man. We found him and...
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    i have a boyfriend.. he is 28 years old. i am 20 years old. we're currently on our 2nd month of our relationship. as i recall, when we are on the 2nd week of our relationship, one...
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    I can't express how I feel. Part of me is scared that everyone I meet is judging me, but I know most people aren't. I feel so confident about my self and the way I look, and yet I...
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    Were we friends? Were we lovers? Did we ever become more than just instances of thought sharing? Did you ever feel that thoughts and feelings were reciprocated across the miles...
    LastGirlScout LastGirlScout 31-35, F Aug 17

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    Right now, I am thinking about my life and wish I was dead. People tell me I have potential and stuff but honestly, I don't see it. I lost myself when I was in a crappy...
    WeirdOtaku WeirdOtaku 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 16

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    This are is like free therapy right now. Tomorrow I'm going to confront my wife. She knows I'm coming over, we agreed to sit down and talk. It will be the first time I've seen and...
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    Sometimes I want to stand up for myself in so I am just quiet sometimes and let every thing happen for reasons I can't explain. So I usually don't know how or what to say to people...
    Singingbutterfly Singingbutterfly 13-15, F Aug 14

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    Outside of EP, no one knows the "real me," and since I want it to stay that way, even my friends here don't get details or even know what I look like. It sounds depressing and it...
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    This could be the group I most write in in the long run, for there's an infinity of things I don't know really about. Each general thing can be seen as a glass container, and what...
    Annodumbaknee Annodumbaknee 36-40, M Aug 12

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    How to you speak to a person who constantly contradicts you? No matter how small or minor the topic of conversation is, my spouse automatically contradicts me. Then he wonders why...
    mom4ce mom4ce 51-55, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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    I used to be a confident, secure woman in my early 50's. Married for 33 years, two beautiful daughters that I am really proud of, and a wonderful baby grandson who is the apple of...
    Patilud Patilud 51-55, F Aug 11

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    Learning the words "I Don't Know" was a challenge for me, and still is, but to a lesser degree. People just come up to me out of nowhere and ask me questions all the time. I...
    cjkenton cjkenton 36-40 2 Responses Aug 11

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    I don't know what I'm doing on here, or what to say. I know what I want, don't know how to ask for it.
    twistmynipple twistmynipple 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 11

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