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Posted 1/24/15
I dont know and memorized every defenition for all the words
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serifsansserif wrote:

haven't watched the video yet... I think what your saying is reaffirming my point. Originally you said that reading a lot is the best way to gain words, but now you mention people misusing words as well as mispronouncing them, as well as the limited use of those words are without first hand experience of what they are defining, i.e. the essence of redness. It's through experience of the things that the words define that we grok them.

(A little meta here: It's funny that the word "grok" came to us only in the past 70 years (?) from a science fiction writer that understood that we have no word in the english language to differentiate the two forms of "knowing". In German and I'm sure a few others they definitely make a point of having two words, one of which applies more to knowing specific concrete facts, and another, more experiential knowledge, such as to know a person or have experience of it, as "grok" does.)

I think it's important to be able to associate personal experience of a word with the word in question, otherwise full understanding of it cannot be reached.


I see your point, and to that I can somewhat agree. However, I still think that literature is generally the best way of improving one's vocabulary. Especially now that most people's vocabulary consist of few overused expressions, tons of abbreviations (including intentionally misspelled words due to laziness and character limitations), and plenty of often crude and/or unintelligible slang.

I, personally, learned the English language thanks to having read every single volume of encyclopedia we had at home when I was a child. Also thanks to my mom's boss who always gave me more books to read whenever I went to their office. To this day people still think I was born in America and lived here my entire life when the truth is, my family didn't move to America until I was 17 and graduated from high school. English is not my first language and yet when they had me take an entrance test for college, I scored higher in reading and writing than the other kids who've been living in America and speaking English all their lives. Heh... So yeah, from my experience, reading is best for improving vocabulary.


Don't disagree there. I was an avid reader as well, and also started out reading encyclopedias end to end. As I stated originally, I only disagree partially. :P

Now, unfortunately, I'm sucked into mind body dualism videos thanks to your link, and then trying to find videos on qualia and yeah... It's getting messy.
Posted 1/24/15

serifsansserif wrote:

Don't disagree there. I was an avid reader as well, and also started out reading encyclopedias end to end. As I stated originally, I only disagree partially. :P

Now, unfortunately, I'm sucked into mind body dualism videos thanks to your link, and then trying to find videos on qualia and yeah... It's getting messy.


I'm uhmmm.. sorry? Haha..

Or maybe I should say, you're welcome?
Posted 1/24/15
I think words with double meanings are great.

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xDeadlyDollx wrote:


serifsansserif wrote:

Don't disagree there. I was an avid reader as well, and also started out reading encyclopedias end to end. As I stated originally, I only disagree partially. :P

Now, unfortunately, I'm sucked into mind body dualism videos thanks to your link, and then trying to find videos on qualia and yeah... It's getting messy.


I'm uhmmm.. sorry? Haha..

Or maybe I should say, you're welcome?


I suppose... It all directly me back to a obsession I had about 10 years ago... and between that and other things that have been popping up, a writing project I wanted to do back then.

Personally I am more of a dualist than not, or, if hard pressed, I reject physicalism for immaterialism... I'd rather believe that the physical world is all an illusion rather than deny that information in and of itself is a nonphysical thing... And as we split atoms further and further down, we're getting a lot more empty space....

Anyway, neither here nor there.
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Posted 1/25/15
Nobody knows the definition of all words. that's what I'd like to think. There are too many words for us to remember all their definitions.
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