~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
“When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary.” ~ William Safire
Have you ever looked in a lexicon for the animal listed first?
If you have, you would have noticed a medium-sized, nocturnal burrowing mammal native to Africa, and is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata although other prehistoric species; and genera of Tubulidentata are known, and colloquially referred to as “African antbear”, anteater, or the “Cape anteater”.
Looking in the dictionary for the first animal listed is the Aardvark.
Doing a bit of research you may uncover where the name comes from.
Hint: It comes from more than one source.
When doing research you may also find that English is a language stolen most from more than one source to create a common language that separates two countries, England and America.
There are many things to be learned from reading the pages of a dictionary while also building a vocabulary.
Everyone needs a vocabulary, and be able to express themselves using both written and oral communications.
Language is used to express emotions, love, and the id.
Only by reading all manner of books and the dictionary, can one grow their vocabulary and find the right word to use in any situation.
As Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
Any lexicon is well worth reading to help grow a vocabulary and new ways of expression in daily life. Unfortunately, there is also a caveat to a large vocabulary.
That caveat is to know when and where to use a five-dollar, or ten-dollar word when communicating.
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