What are two or three vocabulary words that you do not use often? Write a sentence using each word.

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I imagine that the words you choose will vary a lot depending on the person.  However, I will give you some samples, and then you will know how to do this yourself.

 When choosing words, you might not just want to look at words you do not know the meaning of, but also how words are used in the sentence.  Sometimes we think we know what a word means, but we actually do not, or a word is being used in a sentence in a word we are unfamiliar with.  This story is old-fashioned, so the words are somewhat archaic, meaning there may be some older words.

Also, what words you know and do not know vary a lot by person.  For instance, in the first sentence, the word “fond” is used.  You probably know that “fond” means something you like a lot, but I do not know if you know this or not.

Also, some words have different meanings.  For example, there is this paragraph.

In the great city where he lived, life was always gay. Every day many strangers came to town, and among them one day came two swindlers. They let it be known they were weavers, and they said they could weave the most magnificent fabrics imaginable.

The meaning of the word “gay” in this sentence is probably not the first one that comes to mind for you.  It means “happy” or “carefree,” and is a common eighteenth century word.

Let’s choose a word from this paragraph as our first word to define: swindler.  A swindler is a person who tricks someone, or a cheat.  You may not use this word often now, but you could come across it in the future.  It is actually still sometimes used today! Here is a sample sentence for the word.

I never answer spam emails because I do not want to lose my money to a swindler.

Here’s another example of a paragraph from which I can get a good word.

They proceeded to name all the colors and to explain the intricate pattern. The old minister paid the closest attention, so that he could tell it all to the Emperor.

From this paragraph I get the word “intricate.”  It means complex or finely patterned.  This is an excellent word too!

I chose Mary to help make the scenery for the school play because she was capable of making intricate designs.

You might use this word when you were describing something that had a lot of detail, or was particularly fancy.  This word is probably not used by you often, but it is still used today by some people often enough.

Whenever you read something new, you will want to read carefully and use context clues to figure out the meanings of new words.  When you read an old-fashioned story, like this one, some of the words might be new to you.  This does not mean they are not still in use!  You can make good use of them in your daily life, just make sure you are using them correctly first.

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