Having Fun with Vocabulary
Sometimes the day at work needs livening up. Avoid boredom and have a word of the day challenge in the workplace. In the process, participants stock their arsenal of rare and wacky words! We started this at work a few years ago. An unusual word, identified each day, was the focus. All day long, people were to drop the word into as many logical situations as possible. For kicks, score could be kept on how many times people were able to use the word in a meaningful context. Try it out below. See how comprehension fares on a paragraph with some not too common words!
The Board Meeting
The new owners to the company were here. Immediately we knew the visage of World Wide Wickets changed. The characters now running the corporation were here at the meeting to imbue upon us all their vision of the best company. An obvious predilection for set agendas was before us. The five-page, bulleted agenda was sine qua non. We needed someone to exegete the document. Sesquipedalian words were ubiquitous. Mr. Lucki, the grandee, spoke elegantly and welcomed us. His secretary, spoony Miss Smith, followed his every move. Sapient long-timers in the business world quickly imagined how all the relationships intertwined. The meeting progressed well until the Miss Priss entered in her purple suit and spiked, plum-colored heels. With great haste, after a few minutes of hyper-ventilating, Mr. Lucki abruptly left the meeting, never to return to World Wide Wickets. It seems he had a severe case of porphyrophobia. World Wide Wicket board meetings have never been the same.
Is the paragraph comprehensible? Think, how one could have some fun just following one of the unusual terms or phrases for a day. Definitions follow for a few of the less common words.
Visage: the face or appearance of something
Imbue: to instill profoundly
Predilection: an establish preference
Sesquipedalian: containing many syllables
Sine qua non: something indispensable
Spoony: foolishly in love
Exegete: one who explains difficult parts of works
Grandee: a man of elevated rank
Sapient: wise and discerning
Porphyrophobia: fear of the color purple
Ubiquitous: many in number, found everywhere
Sites abound online to give a stimulating word of the day. Teachers often use a similar strategy to introduce a new word a day to students. Only through use does a person “own” a word versus “borrow it.” Put those words to use. The thought works well to use with one’s own children at home too!