I consider myself an intellectual, at least on my good days. I was asked years ago whether or not I was a member of MENSA, which is an organization for people with high IQ’s. I don’t believe my IQ is actually high enough to meet their membership criteria, however, I was quite flattered when the man who asked me this question stated that I am very articulate and come across as an intelligent young woman.
It wasn’t always so confident with regards to my smarts. I remember when I first entered college, my vocabulary was seriously lacking. Even now, I feel as though I will never be able to learn enough…my brain is starving for information and I spend hours every day reading about various topics I find interesting.
When I say, “google is my friend” it is because I utilize the internet to find the answers to questions on a daily basis. Of course, I take a lot of what I read on the web with a grain of salt. If the information can be verified by more than one reputable source, I am more inclined to believe it is fact.
That said, the whole point of this post was to point out that every day I use google to learn new words. If I read an article and I come across words that I’m not familiar with, I look them up (technically, I google them). I might not be incorporating said words into my vocabulary immediately, if ever, but knowing the definition of a word is nevertheless quite important to me. Using a variety of words makes reading, writing, and conversing a hell of a lot more interesting!
Today’s new word: unctuous. Google says:
2.(chiefly of minerals) having a greasy or soapy feel.