Suggested by Nithin:
I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?Yup, I write down all the words I don't know so that I can look them up in the dictionary later. I have notebooks full of words, words, words so that I have enriched and enlarged my knowledge of the English language.
Ummm... just kidding. If I'm on a computer, I will google a word depending on how badly I want to know it, but as a rule, I don't dig out the dictionary. In my laziness, I like to rely on the old method from elementary school: context clues. This has led to plenty of times I thought I knew what a word meant but I really actually didn't. Other side effects: recognizing words from reading books, but completely butchering the word when trying to actually say it out loud.
For example, I was familiar with the word picturesque. I wanted to describe something to my mother as picturesque, but when I told her it was picture-a-scew, she laughed and had to let me know the correct way to pronounce it.
Alarming?? You Tell Me.
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