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"One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die."

-- Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British writer.

Words of the Month

March / April 2021                              Volume 22  No. 2

--- a free feature to help you acquire the conversational vocabulary of America's most articulate

by V.J. Singal
with the editorial assistance of Mary Ellis


V. J. Singal is a Houston-based communications trainer, speaker, and one-on-one coach, and the author of The Articulate Professional (3rd Edition, 2008)--a vocabulary-building book which has garnered strong praise from thousands of high-achieving professionals in various fields. Executives, managers, engineers, attorneys, educators, and other professionals have also taken advantage of company-sponsored workshops or one-on-one training offered by V.J. One of his most popular workshop topics is "How to build a powerful and effective vocabulary." On this website, and as an added vocabulary-enhancing resource, V.J. profiles select words that are being used conversationally by respected opinion leaders, outstanding business executives, and other high-achieving professionals to emphasize their points, assert their views, inject humor, and incite people to action.

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Enhance your conversational vocabulary now with
this month's featured words:


Also, visit V.J.'s blog for tips on how to communicate with impact:


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Further Review

For the previous edition, click here. To test your knowledge of the words featured in the previous edition, try the vocabulary quiz.


To help you sharply enhance your vocabulary

The Articulate Professional -- 3rd Edition
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