Xah Lee, 1995,..., 2008.
Are you a word lover? Do you subscribe to a-word-a-day? Are you preparing for
SAT or GRE? If yes to any of the above, then you may find this word list useful.
Else, do you swoon by the sway of your sensibility? Do you cackle for the pang
of nettlesome far-outs? Do you dig the incomprehensible writs of a heart? Then,
you need this page.
When I was learning English back in 1989, my methodology was to build a
vocabulary and ignore all other aspects of the language. I reasoned that the
essence of knowing a language is no more than understanding all the words. So,
for the first few years I thumbed through English-Chinese dictionary hundred
times a day as the primary means of learning the language. I disregarded any
conventions and methodologies such as learning from ESL materials or progression
from frequently used words to esoteric or literary vocabularies. (At the time, i
did not even know that a language's vocabulary has these different classes. It
was a simple naive logical thinking and headstrong will.) Now I know how wrong
and inefficient I've been. The habit of writing down words and checking
dictionaries nevertheless continued.
This web site contains over five thousand words of pain (with usage
examples), loosely grouped into several classes in some 50 files, for my own
A Word A Day
A Word A Day.
BIG Words Collection
Words commonly found in magazines or newspapers. A great source for SAT
preparation. High school students starts here.