Learn a New Word Every Day

Have you ever tried to join a conversation and not know what someone is talking about because of some of the particular words they’re using? It’s happened to the best of us, and that’s why it’s very beneficial to have a “word of the day” to learn and use. It’s always good to learn new words, as you’ll be able to communicate much better and also enter more conversations.

The word of the day for today is “effigy.” An effigy is a representation of a person, and it’s usually in the form of a sculpture or statue of some sort. There are many effigies for presidents and other important political figures. Usually, if there are protests being held for a heinous act, the effigy of the political leader will be burned in the protest. An effigy can also be an image that represents a person or a representation of someone used for ridicule.

In this past year alone, the word “effigy” has popped up in 43 New York Times articles, most recently on January 5, 2013. It’s a word that is most commonly used in news articles because of the number of effigies that are burned in protest. Now that you what “effigy” means, you can use it.

Learning a new word every day is fantastic, but knowing the definition isn’t enough. You have to use the word as well so that you’ll remember what it means. Try using the new word that you learn at least 3 times throughout the day you learn it.