I started preparing for the GRE recently and stumbled upon the conundrum of preparing for the verbal section of the GRE. I was under the delusion that my vocabulary could burgeon by the enervating process of reading a myriad of books without looking at the meanings of the words explicitly but it now feels like that was only a dilatory instinct and an ersatz for descrying the meanings of enigmatic and byzantine words. I thought it was antediluvian and anachronistic to carry a dictionary whenever I started reading something but I feel now it that might have actually helped me in the long run 🙂
I might sound like a callow avaricious fellow writing doggerel but I beseech you to stay with me. This draft is definitely not the apotheosis, acme or epitome of my writing. I don’t want encomiums for this writing but hope that it would be efficacious in being emollient to a young lad who might have stumbled upon this piece with ennui in his heart.
Anyhow, from here on, I would like to share a pretty interesting observation I made recently. When we generally read anything, we don’t pause every now and then to look up the meanings of unknown words because it feels that it might hamper the reading experience . But, I now feel due to the cardinality of the set of queer looking words being finite(and probably less than 10,000), by the pigeon hole principle I would have encountered the same words several times. Anyhow, I used to read books earlier from their paper copies and thus it was not very easy to look up word meanings. But now, thanks to my Kindle Paperwhite, it’s a breeze looking up word meanings. I hope more people start using e-book readers 🙂