Email exchange with PWNtheSAT while on phone with very nice supervisor of credit report website.
Attempting to get charges reversed:
Me (to PWN): Is this the proper use of specious?
PWNtheSAT: I wouldn't say specious for that...specious is really more about arguments.
Uh Oh. Whoops. Hopefully she didn't notice.
Spurious charges now reversed, I can return to the reason for this blog post:
What's the Best Way to Learn Vocabulary for the SAT?
In a line: Make abundant use of the words in your everyday life.
And if your brain refuses to remember a word? Ask the smartest person you know to use this word in a personalized sentence for you, with real life context. Then free associate.
Below are a few of my free association words that I couldn't remember for the life of me, until I employed this "Smart Friend Real Life Context" strategy:
- Phlegmatic -- Alfred Hitchcock
- Temporize -- Administrator
- Supine -- Yoga
- Chary -- Wary
- Avuncular -- Uncle
- Salvo -- Boy
- Truculent -- Truck Driver
- Portent -- Falling Stars
Now? Seared, forever. <3
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis