Why one should not follow a dictionary’s example while learning vocabulary.
Alphabetical order is a well known and effective way to arrange vocabulary to allow rapid retrieval. At least it was. The speed of flipping through the pages of a dictionary to locate a specific term has no comparison with the celerity of voice recognition software. Unfortunately, alphabetization fails to provide semantic background whatsoever. Beyond memorization of a specific contextual alphabet, any attempt at committing a vocabulary list to memory should be discarded entirely. Another mnemonic device should be utilized in conjunction to promote a higher lexical inventory.
back of the hand
little finger/ pinky
Lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Your last hope against an intruder
Beyond the reach of most women
Better than a native speaker
Wash your hands after visiting.
Difficult for cats and squirrels to open.
Enough to stop you in your tracks.
A fair-headed lass for sure.
Remember that you have only eight.
A knuckle sandwich
Enough to make you pause.
How much vocabulary do you know?
Enough to get you thrown out of China.
Works both ways.
Such a custom, it’s tradition.
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