I collect words. If possible I would display them in petite glass bell jars all about my house. That would be cruel, though, since words are not meant to be imprisoned–they are meant to be freely used and must flap their serifs (I imagine them in Times Roman font) to be useful.
As I’ve collected words I’ve made use of them as a writer (you never know when defenestration will come in handy, eh, Eagle Eyed Editor?), as a reader (a wide vocabulary comes in handy when reading off the AP suggestion list), and as a teacher (“if I learned it, so can you”). Words also help spice up conversations–yet, I must use them judiciously so as not to appear as a smarty-pants.
Fun stuff I’ve done with words:
Trivia Quiz: Words and Symbols
Poems, Stories, Puzzles, Interviews–Writing, Writing, Writing
Vocabulary Games–Question 3:
And I search off the Internet:
Don’t leave home without them.
Try ’em, you’ll like ’em.
Take your favorite word to lunch.
Have you hugged a word today?
- War of wordcraft: invitation to write dictionary puts language nerds on alert (guardian.co.uk)
- Expanding Your Vocabulary in English (oupeltglobalblog.com)
- ‘Frankenword’ Review – An Excellentertaining Word Game (toucharcade.com)