“Comely?”…”Ailurophile?”…English and another 98 Words You Might Not Have Heard of.

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When I was in secondary school, the last two years of it (16-17), I wasn’t much of bright student. I failed Additional Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, History and even what we call Bahasa Malaysia (the national language of Malaysia which is Malay). Well, not failing them entirely but I was more or less on the fence. The only subject I did good in was English. I didn’t really master the language but I was OK.

One of my lecturer once said that, if you want to know the language you are most proficient in is by knowing what language you use in your dreams. I think he made a good point there.

Although in some ways, I could say I speak and do write well in English (trying not to be proud here), I try to learn new words when I can. And a Facebook friend posted this link on her wall on the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. I clicked the link and what did I get? Words that I didn’t know existed until then. Wikes! I still have a long way to go if I ever wan’t to be a good writer. I have to know how to use words and structure them well.

Words like “comely” or “ailurophile,” are just two out of many (x100) words that I just came to know of. You can check the list yourself. Click here. And do share some of the words you found on the list that you just recently found out existed.

4 thoughts on ““Comely?”…”Ailurophile?”…English and another 98 Words You Might Not Have Heard of.

  1. Lagniappe was new to me. The definition (“A special kind of gift”) isn’t very helpful, though. It just made me wonder, special how? Looking it up elsewhere, I found it means something given as an unexpected bonus or gratuity. Good to know, but I don’t think I’ll be using it again!

  2. Stan, good thoughts there. For me English, is a third language and in terms of how this is used in a sentence, it’s somewhat hard to fit. I browsed through others as well but have yet to figure out how to fit them in a sentence.

  3. One useful way to see words in action is to look them up in a corpus, such as the BNC (British English) or COCA (U.S. English). These sites provide context for the words.

    Some dictionaries offer example sentences, too. Try a search on OneLook.com and you’ll get to know what dictionaries are best suited to your needs.

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