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If you get in the habit of looking up words you don't know and reviewing the definitions of familiar words, always check the etymology or the origins for further insight - you'll often be surprised. University students, faculty and staff have access to the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary online through their library website, so it's easy to keep it open while you are reading to maximize your understanding and inspire fresh thinking. This dictionary is so authoritative that its initials "OED" are often the only citation necessary, as in:
"The OED etymology for the word 'write' includes..."


Here are a few words to get you started:
analyze
explicate
syntax
etymology
succeed
sanity
lunatic
heretic
hysteric
fascism
Juggernaut
pagan
apocalypse
propaganda
love
sincere


Writing prompts:
what words do you hear/see regularly but do not fully comprehend?
what are your favorite words & why? do you know their derivation?
what are the 5 most important words in your life? why?



Generating creative thinking -



Write a brief story that includes the following words:
boxers
camp
lean
fire
stick
wind
skin
oak



Write a brief story that includes the following items:
(or choose your own 8 items from your wallet or purse, or items that are in the room)
a pack of chewing gum
nail clippers
binoculars
a camping knife
a music CD
coins/spare change
antacid tablets
a dog bed