Every word you speak or write is used by others to assess your intelligence, education, character and social status. Having a well-developed Vocabrary , therefore, is vital to your being seen a winner in the eyes of the world.
A powerful vocabulary will secure your success in your educational, professional, personal and social life. It will maximise your powers of persuasion, transform your negotiating skills, and build your self-confidence. It will facilitate your understanding of the most erudite books, magazines and newspapers. It will energize your thinking and transform your powers of expression, enabling you to articulate your most complex thoughts and ideas in speech and in writing.
The Introduction To His Famous
In the introduction to his famous ‘Roget’s Thesaurus’, Dr Peter Mark Roget wrote: “Every workman in the exercise of his art should be provided with the proper implements. For the fabrication of complicated and curious pieces of mechanism, the artisan requires a corresponding assortment of various tools and instruments. For the perfect delineation of the beauties of nature, the painter should have within reach of his pencil every variety and combination of hues and tints.Now, the writer as well as the orator employs for the accomplishment of his purposes the instrumentality of words; it is in words that he clothes his thoughts; it is by means of words that he depicts his feelings. It is therefore essential to his success that he be provided with a copious vocabulary.”
We are all required daily to express our thoughts and feelings Vocabrary with clarity and precision in speech and in writing. We are likewise expected to comprehend the words of others in the media and in our personal and professional lives. Without a well-developed vocabulary, we are doomed to tongue-tied, pucker-browed failure.
No wonder so many people freeze with fear when asked to make a speech or engage in public debate. No wonder they miss out on promotion or end up in dead end jobs.
Research has shown, unsurprisingly, that the people with the greatest command of words command the top salaries in most companies.
Johnson O’Connor, founder of the Human Engineering Laboratory, tested the vocabulary of executive and supervisory personnel in 39 large manufacturing companies. Presidents and Vice Presidents averaged 236 out of 272; Managers 168; Superintendents 140; Foremen 114; and Floor Bosses 86.”
He concluded: “An extensive knowledge of the exact meanings of English words accompanies outstanding success in this country more often than any other single characteristic we have been able to isolate and measure.”
The acquisition of a well rounded vocabulary usually takes years of attentive reading, concentrated listening, and patient recording of new words used in their proper context.
Another English Vocabulary Lesson on Commonly Misused Words and Phrases
Are you looking to enrich your English vocabulary? Are you still searching for a review to help you with your English? Will you be moving to an English-speaking school or country and need to brush up on your skills? Are you still taking up ESL or EFL to review for y our TOEFL or TOEIC? I know that it is not very common for people who use English as a first language to even correct themselves with these things, but I say if you are going to learn something, do it correctly. It is even more important to study the correct words or phrases if you will be using it for work or for school. You cannot be writing a business letter or a term paper with wrong words or grammar. If you are still not sure about some words, always look it up and find out which is the proper way of saying it. Here is a short list of some of those words or phrases.
Advice and Advise
Advise is the action word or the verb, while ‘advice’ is the noun. We give ‘advise’ to someone, while ‘advice’ is the one being given. Correct way of saying it is: I will give him advise about his finances.
This is just a case of being redundant. If you say ‘repeat’, no need to say ‘again’. It is also the same for ‘same exact thing’ and one should just say ‘the same thing’ or ‘the exact thing.’
Then and Than
‘Then’ means soon after e.g. I jogged and then ate after. ‘Than’ is used to express comparison, it is always placed after an adjective or an adverb e.g. This house is bigger than that apartment on the hills.
Principle and Principal
A ‘principal’ is one who takes the leading part in some action. It is also what you call the head of a school or an organization/somebody first in rank; it can also mean a sum of money. Meanwhile, ‘principle’ also has several definitions. According to the new international Webster’s dictionary, it is a basic truth or law of something i.e. the principle of self-governance. It can also mean an essential character or quality of something or a fundamental origin or cause of something i.e. the business principles of a Harvard graduate.