Today's A to Z Challenge is V for Vocabulary.
Is anyone else interested in improving their vocabulary? I find mines improves when I'm reading books frequently, and I was always under the impression that, as an enthusiastic writer, I had an "above average" range...
Then I took this test, requiring me to tick the boxes of all the words I was familiar with. More importantly, I was to leave blank the words I didn't know.
How did I do?
This meant nothing to me until I read the info on the results: "Most Native English adult speakers who have taken the test fall in the range 20,000–35,000 words."
Well, I am just devastated. I know it's not THE definitive test, but it's the kick up the arse I need!
In order to improve my vocabulary, I intend to take immediate action.
Having done a Google search to "Improve My Vocabulary", I've come across Vocabulary.com (funnily enough). It's exactly what I need. It gives me multiple choice questions and if I don't know the correct word, it gives me a clear explanation, as well as the chance to listen to how the word is pronounced.
Who's signing up with me? I'm not sinking in this inarticulate ship alone!
Do you have any other tips on improving vocabulary? I know it's not the bee-all and end-all of writing, but I'm looking at it like a musical instrument: it's best when you know all the notes to play!
Today's V song is Vivrant Thing, by Q-Tip. I love this song just as much now, as when it first came out in 1999 (oh dear, where has the time gone?)!