Hard words

As a non-native speaker of English, I try to expand my vocabulary whenever I get the chance. What I find is that there are some words that I never learn, even though I keep running into them. So, in a way, this entry is a sort of "note to self". cro, remember these words (in their most frequent meanings):

playfully jocular; humorous
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
making, given to, or marked by noisy and vehement outcry
ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
difficult to understand; recondite
If you are so inclined, test your vocabulary skills here and check out the dictionary.com Word of the Day on the left.
However, there is a flip side to all this learnedness. Many people don't know the meanings of these words (especially in an international environment such as Internet). So using them can make you harder to understand. So why bother learning them if you can't really use them?
You might argue that I could be writing for the kind of audience that knows these words. But I'm not one of them, which means I'm probably writing below their level. Hmmm. Quite the conundrum.

Posted by cronopio at 12:10 PM, May 09, 2005