Coming to the kind of books that you
should be reading to enrich your word power, I would like to recommend
first in the list
who was one of the greatest English humorists.
There are many advantages in picking up a PG Wodehouse book.
First and foremost, he is considered as an authority on the English language.
Next, his books are replete with rib-tickling and well-woven plots and anecdotes, which keeps you engrossed and in good humor.
His themes are quite simple, but every sentence in his books is sheer reading pleasure.
For example just have a taste of this extract from his book "Plum
One says, " appeared", but the word would not have satisfied Gustave
Flaubert. He would have suggested some such alternatives as ' loomed up' or ' came waddling along' as being more exact, for the author of Kootchy the Kitten and Peter the Pup was one of the fattest men that ever broke a try-your-weight machine. He looked as if had been eating nothing but starchy foods since early boyhood, and it saddened Bingo (name of a character in the book) to think of all this wonderful material going to waste. If only this man could have been his uncle, he felt wistfully. Offy Prosser (another character) would have paid 20 pounds for a mere third of him.
While reading this extract you must have observed the author's artistry in framing sentences to describe humorous and interesting situations. His books give you insights into sentence structures and usage of vocabulary.
Way to enrich your word power through reading.
Take for instance the following extract in which you may come across new words.
Freddie stared after him, aghast. He felt like a clergyman who has found schism in his flock. It was axiom in Donaldson's Dog Joy that its leading rival Peterson Pup Food was a product lacking in many of the essential vitamins and dogs who indulged in it were heading straight for rheumatism, sciatica, anemia and stomach trouble.
While reading a book you are already into a theme and you follow a train of thought. So even if you come across unfamiliar words you may have an idea about the probable meaning of these words. In other words, you can associate words with the themes and the situation in a particular sentence as you read on.
Now in the above example, Freddie had encountered something unpleasant or shocking in the paragraph preceding the extract. Hence he is Aghast which means Horrified, Appalled or Shocked. The next line describes Freddie feeling that there was a Schism in his flock.
Schism means Division In the next sentence you come across the word Axiom which means Motto or Cliché.
But, you may not be always able to associate a word with a theme or a situation and guess its meaning. I mean to say that this hit and trial method cannot be used with the case of all unfamiliar words. Even if you are able to guess the relevant meaning by relating it to the sentence you should make it a point to always refer to the dictionary.
But you will definitely have a head start in your pursuits to enrich your word power by first guessing the meaning of the word through an association or a relationship with the theme (if this approach is applicable to the sentence).
WordMentor will show you the way to mix
Business with Pleasure.
By business, I mean learning to enrich your word power through
reading which would be an absolute pleasure.