The Word Bank Author:Sophie Basescu Forward-- — It was Mark Twain who first conceived the idea of a "bank" for words too burdensome for the average vocabulary, and yet too useful to be ignored. Just as a bank is divided into clearly marked departments, so that when we desire a safe-deposit box we do not go to the teller's window, so THE WORD BANK is divided into sections of relate... more »d words headed by phrases that give the general idea, and then subdivided into groups under keywords that aid in finding the right word required to express a particular shade of meaning.
The words in the groups are all connected with the gereral idea and with real-life situations in which we are likely to meet them, but many of them are not in every sense synonyms of the key-word. Distintions of meaning are clearly shown by giving the definition first and then the expressing word. To increase clarity, each word is defined only in its relation to the group in which it occurs.
Most of us know very well what we want to say, but through habit we limit our vocabulary to the same overworked words, thus missing the joy of well-turned phrases and apt replies. Did you ever stop to think how clearly and beautifully some people can paint a picture with well chosen words, which have subtle shades of meaning and color? The WORD BANK has been designed to help increase speech color and fluency. The words have been judiciously sifted for their power and utility, and should heighten the reader's general appreciation of language.« less