I’m a teacher, which means that I have a variety of strategies for learning new vocabulary. I also have a really good memory so I didn’t think learning two new words a week or slipping them into conversation would be that difficult…or so I thought.
I’ve been using this iPhone app called Vocabology that basically shows a few new words a day and you can save any of the words you want, and then take a cumulative quiz anytime. Sounds good, right?
The other day, I had my new words: Apollonian, meaning resembling the god of Apollo, and buttonhole, meaning to detain in conversation, as if my grabbing their clothing (or something like that). I said to Thor, “You look very Apollonian today.” His reply was not very polite, and I assumed he knew what I meant but thought I was being sarcastic. Then he put me in a headlock told me fess up as to why I called him Apollonian. I yelled, “Don’t you buttonhole me!”
When he finally admitted he didn’t know the meaning and I explained that it was trying to be funny calling a guy named Thor Apollonian, he just looked at me. So far, inserting my new words into conversation isn’t exactly all that successful.
On a side note, I do recommend that Vocabology app. It’s really simple and everyone could always learn a few new words.