My high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe: “Look up a word three times and it’s yours.”
It’s been a year and a half since I last posted a compilation of vocabulary words I have looked up.
The above WORD DOCUMENT is a compilation of all the words I have looked up since then. They are my notes. But, obviously, the definitions were often cut and pasted by me from the internet.
I have never ceased to look up words and rarely fail to. I think these lists illustrate that a good vocabulary is built from one’s reading.
As I was looking over the list today, I was struck by how many words I have looked up over this period (it is my practice to keep a record of the words and their definitions) and how many words I had either never encountered before, or may have seen but could not define.
Every single word was encountered by me in READING.
— Roger W. Smith