Students often get lazy when it comes to learning new vocab, be it in their second language, or their mother tongue. Why should you learn even more words when you still don’t feel confident saying your name? What’s the point in knowing all the names of shades of grey, how to spell ‘vicissitude,’ or the etymology of ‘ketchup’?
Sharpen your communicationLearning new words is not about confusing people with obscure vocabulary—it’s about expressing yourself more clearly, and with more precision. The more words you know, the higher chance you’ll have the right one at hand when the opportunity arises.
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” —Philip K. DickMoreover, having a vast vocabulary will allow you to better understand the world around you—to read between the lines, and question what others have to say.