Wonders Of Phone Dictionary
I think one of my biggest challenges with respect to learning words was breaking the traditional mode of studying: I was in the habit of picking up a dictionary every time I discovered a new word. Plus I was one of the least web-savvy people in my college days. When did the transformation take place and I converted into a guy running a full-time website is something that beats me as well, but I learned invaluable lessons along the way: the first one being the infinite potential of the web when it comes to learning. Online Dictionaries are simple and user-friendly, plus they add a plethora of information on the same screen. The need for a thesaurus is eliminated and most provide the word usage there and then. Along with this, we always have Google to fall back and explore virtually any facet of the word at hand. This is all fascinating when we talk of the web world, but when it comes to taking one’s learning to the next level, we have another nifty little device to help us out: our mobile phone. Screens are getting bigger and brighter, and so seem to be our learning opportunities on the phone. I was just browsing through my phone dictionary and all of a sudden I discovered that my inbuilt phone dictionary could actually teach me quite a few words. Below is a screen picture of my dictionary history, which reminds me all the words I looked up.
The best out of the lot are:
1. Dutch Courage: Courage acquired from drinking liquor.
2. Dweeb: An insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or boringly studious
3. Sesame: 1. A tropical Asian plant (Sesamum indicum) bearing small flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil. 2. The seed of this plant. Additional Information: Sesame Street is a long-running American children’s television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and creativity communicated through the use of Jim Henson’s Muppets, animation, short films, humor, and cultural references. The series premiered on National Educational Television (NET) stations on November 10, 1969 to positive reviews, some controversy, and high ratings.
4. Occultist: A believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts.
5. Occult: 1. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena. 2. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.
6. Duvet: A quilt, usually with a washable cover, that may be used in place of a bedspread and top sheet.
7. Ignominy: Public shame or disgrace
8. Ebb: Flow back or recede/The movement of the tide out to sea: “the tide was on the ebb”; “the ebb tide”.
9. Protracted: Relatively long in duration; tediously protracted
9. Dwindle: To become gradually less until little remains.
The best from the above lot is obviously ‘Dutch Courage’. We do acquire a lot of it a few drinks down, don’t we? Well, I would advise you guys not to acquire some of it but just to simply open your mobile dictionaries, explore random words, bookmark them or save them in your history, keep coming back to them and learn words in the most convenient way possible.