Merriam Webster Publishes Word of the Year, How Can Your Dictionary Educate?

By Malavikka

What do you search in a dictionary? Did you know that this year, the most searched word in Merriam Webster's online dictionary was feminism? Most of us google search for information. While Google is the latest technology to get information, a reliable dictionary can help you get the right information. Here are some of the ways that dictionary can help in educating you.

Improves vocabulary

It is said that vocabulary is the fitness of the mind. The more new words that you come across, the better will your communication skills become. In fact, a person with a lot of vocabulary is looked upon as an intellectual because he makes the best use of the words.

 

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Merriam Webster Publishes Word of the Year

World of idioms

Dictionary opens to you the world of idioms. Idioms are some phrases that convey a meaning indirectly and passed on as lores to the progeny. Example: 'Beat around the bush', 'Put on cloud nine' etc. Who wouldn't want to send an innuendo to their enemies? Tongue in cheek!

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Improves academics

The root skill required for pursuing studies is understanding a concept. That understanding comes with being well aware of the words. Once, your vocabulary is great, it influences your grasping power. This in turn helps you study faster and better. In fact, this destroys rote learning and help you build upon sentences on your own enabling you to provide the apt answers in exams.

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Yields better job opportunities

Even though there are a bunch of people who possess great technical skills, the person with better communication skills is preferred over them when it comes for recruitment. This is because, knowledge is useless without actually putting it into use. A person who puts his minimum knowledge into use is considered way better than a scholar who cannot use it. Hence communication plays a great role in validating oneself. Dictionary can help you with vocabulary for communication that makes you come over as a credible person.

Makes you a better person

How can dictionary make you a better person? When you know the meaning of more words, you would want to put it into use. If its a tangible thing, your curiosity to see it improves. It creates a thirst for knowledge. Knowledge spawns wisdom and this is how you end up turning into a better individual!

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