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Musing Mondays {May 28}

Musing Mondays is a weekly event hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Each week MizB asks a book related question and bloggers answer with their thoughts about the given topic.

This Week’s Muse Asks…

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

Yes, I am a word hound. I love colorful language. In fact when I find one many times I share it from my Kindle and preface it “WORD OF THE DAY” and challenge my Facebook and Twitter friends to come up with a use for it. Harper Collin’s and many others use the Hashtag #wordoftheday where you can add the words you find in your reading!

: Spondee: a measure of rhythm in poetry consisting of 2 long syllables. There’s our new thing for today!collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/eng… — HarperCollins Aus (@HarperCollinsAU) May 28, 2012

I use this practice and challenge myself  to add it to whatever piece I am working on, be it my book, my blog or general journaling or even has the tweet above did, write a poem over on Alaskan Dreams.

My dad taught me this habit when I was about to go into junior high. A high school English teacher saw what I was doing in my reading journal and started having the class do the same thing. On Friday he would buy the top three most creative use of the word entries with lunch from McDonalds! It was great fun. By the time I got to college my language use was so strong I had very little problems making sure my work was well written and thought out. But again, I am a word hound.

What do you do? I am really interested as a writer to hear your thoughts so PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Be sure to check out MizB for even more GREAT links!

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12 Comments

  1. I don’t do this because I suck.
    Show me some love!

  2. I wonder if you young folk even know what a dictionary is any more!

  3. I’ve got small dictionaries in every room (save the bathroom). But the Nook feature of the dictionary is great. I’m a word-hound, like you said.
    Show me some love!

  4. I have ‘word a day’ on my phone and use an online dictionary regularly when I’m writing. But I also have a huge Oxford hardback which is like my bible:0)

  5. That was a great idea, and realy cool that you were able to influence your teacher. I also love learning new words and created a meme on my blog for it just recently. You English teacher sounds awesome, wish I had one like that when I was in school! My MM: http://whatsontheshelf.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/musing-monday-11/
    Show me some love!

  6. Thanks for stopping by! I wish I had the energy to be a word hound, I’m just too lazy with life and like the downtime to read and enjoy it 🙂
    Show me some love!

  7. Very cool; I didn’t know about the hashtag (relatively new to Twitter). I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

  8. I do look up words I don’t already know. I keep a copy of The American Heritage Dictionary Hardback at chairside. By my bed I have a small electronic dictionary that doubles as a bookmark. Online I use google. When I was young and rode the bus to work every day, I carried a copy of a paperback dictionary with me, along with whatever difficult book I was reading at the time. I literally wore that dictionary out. Thanks for writing this post today, Cabin Goddess!

  9. Although I don’t always look up words when reading, I almost always encourage our children to grab the dictionary and look up words they don’t know. I tell them that they will thank me later in life. Thanks for sharing the #wordoftheday hashtag. I’m going to be looking for that on a regular basis. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier as well.

  10. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I am not much of a word hound but I am glad that you are one. A good vocabulary is a rare gift these days.

  11. I’ve had this dictionary for 4 years now (it’s really worn out) and I keep it near me most of the times, so I can look up words that I don’t know. Lately, I also realized how helpful it is to have a dictionary around when you’re writing because you can just randomly browse through it when you need inspiration. Whenever I forget my dictionary somewhere I always feel like face palming myself (but I don’t).

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