This book uses a powerful mnemonic technique, the keyword method, to lock 1413 SAT and GRE words into the reader’s memory quickly and easily. Dramatic improvements can be made in vocabulary size, reading comprehension, and scores on verbal exams. Since standard intelligence tests have significant verbal components, a major increase in vocabulary such as can be facilitated by this book should increase IQ scores.
Here’s how it works: Take the word DEFENESTRATE, which means to throw out of a window. This word is too limited in use to be in the book, but we want to demonstrate the method by having you actually learn a new word. The next time you encounter DEFENESTRATE, think DEFEND THE STREET. That’s called the “key.” Now, to “link” the key to the definition, imagine your town invaded by enemy troops, and citizens defending the streets by throwing objects out of the windows at them. So, in the format of Build Your Vocabulary Skills!, we have the following:
DEFENESTRATE (duh FEN es trate) to throw out of a window
KEY: DEFEND THE STREET
LINK SENTENCE: The townfolk defended their streets against the inemy invaders by throwing things out ot the windows at them.
Now, answer the following without looking at the above:
What is the KEY?
What is the LINK SENTENCE?
So, what does DEFENESTRATE mean?
Drill yourself on this a couple of times and you’ll never forget it. We have no suggestions as to how you could work this word into a conversation, but Build Your Vocabulary Skills! has over 1400 more useful words, each with pronunciation, definition, dey and links, so don’t defenestrate this book on that account.