Did you know that the average person knows 10,000 words, yet only uses less than half of them when speaking or writing? In many cases this amounts to only two thousand words.
“…a fine vocabulary can add clarity, wit, and even drama to what we say and write.”
excerpt: Small Change: Little Things make a big difference by Susan Terkel and Larry Terkel.
Here are two interesting words I recently learned:
\AF-ter-klap\ , noun;
1. An unexpected, often unpleasant sequel to a matter that had been considered closed.
Many people who voted for Obama are now bewailing its afterclap on their daily lives.
\sar-TOR-ee-uhl\ , adjective;
She was well known in social circles for her sartorial expression.
PTA meetings in Beverly Hills are well known for their sartorial splendor!
She wished her husband’s sartorial style wasn’t limited to Hawaiian shirts.
Have you heard them before? If not, maybe you want to take them for a test drive this week and see how you do?
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