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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2012, 06:48:00 PM »
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Obfuscate. As in, 'if you contrive to use impressive sounding words in your essays you will often obfuscate the examiner and they will not be able to comprehend your actual analysis.'

That being said, if you ever get the chance to use antidisestablishmentarianism in a sentence, please let me know.

As Surgeon said, keep your phone with you at all times or a dictionary, and look up words that you think put a cherry on top in terms of expression. Then commit that to memory by using it in a couple of sentences. Make sure you know exactly what the word means, and watch out for any similarly spelled ones.
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2012, 06:53:35 PM »
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Obfuscate. As in, 'if you contrive to use impressive sounding words in your essays you will often obfuscate the examiner and they will not be able to comprehend your actual analysis.'

That being said, if you ever get the chance to use antidisestablishmentarianism in a sentence, please let me know.

As Surgeon said, keep your phone with you at all times or a dictionary, and look up words that you think put a cherry on top in terms of expression. Then commit that to memory by using it in a couple of sentences. Make sure you know exactly what the word means, and watch out for any similarly spelled ones.

yeah, dont wanna obsfucate your ideas by putting all these wonderful words which are meaningless in the context of your work!

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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2012, 07:04:24 PM »
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Haha to be fair, if that's a medical term it probably belonged there (assuming it was a med lecture).
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2012, 07:13:42 PM »
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Well here's my wordbank for English - you might or might not find it useful depending on the texts - but pretty much I memorised all of this and used phrases as I needed in my Essay.

PS. Charmanderp - might be good for you because I know you're doing the same texts that I did last year :P
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2012, 08:00:27 PM »
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Well here's my wordbank for English - you might or might not find it useful depending on the texts - but pretty much I memorised all of this and used phrases as I needed in my Essay.

I dont do this text but its quite helpful to learn some sophisticated words from here though.

I remember in my first SAC, I was so nervous so almost forgot everything I remembered before. Then I used some Bio, Chem and Maths terminology to describe the characters and analyse the events. When I got my SAC back, the teacher underlined these words and wrote they were quite good. LOL Scientific terms are awesome!

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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #20 on: July 30, 2012, 09:06:32 PM »
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Be careful with complicated terminology though, you don't get brownie points for making your essay hard to read.

Your final aim is to write an essay which contains:

1) A good argument, based on good ideas with good evidence
2) Coherence
3) Professional and academic language

So I think you should be aiming for basically around about the same language level as an opinion article in The Age. Don't try to use too many complicated words or else your essay will sound like this:

The use of complicated wording as an overall literary technique needs to encompass graphic and individual comprehension to allow the reader to become acquainted with the unique terminological aspects employed by the author whilst not detracting from the application of the specific innuendos influencing the particular methods involved which reflect the tone of the major works in question, thereby altering the quality of the outcome.

Try reading it, all at once, I bet at the end of it, you'll be forced to read it again, because it's just too complex - remember - easy on the adjectives and easy on the adverbs. What you want is one nice adjective to describe what you're getting at instead of five mediocre ones.
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« Reply #21 on: July 30, 2012, 09:16:10 PM »
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Be careful with complicated terminology though, you don't get brownie points for making your essay hard to read.

Your final aim is to write an essay which contains:

1) A good argument, based on good ideas with good evidence
2) Coherence
3) Professional and academic language

So I think you should be aiming for basically around about the same language level as an opinion article in The Age. Don't try to use too many complicated words or else your essay will sound like this:

The use of complicated wording as an overall literary technique needs to encompass graphic and individual comprehension to allow the reader to become acquainted with the unique terminological aspects employed by the author whilst not detracting from the application of the specific innuendos influencing the particular methods involved which reflect the tone of the major works in question, thereby altering the quality of the outcome.

Try reading it, all at once, I bet at the end of it, you'll be forced to read it again, because it's just too complex - remember - easy on the adjectives and easy on the adverbs. What you want is one nice adjective to describe what you're getting at instead of five mediocre ones.

Wow, that was actually really annoying to read, I think I have a headache now! I get what you mean though, sophisticated yet coherent!

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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #22 on: July 30, 2012, 09:35:39 PM »
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Juxtaposition. It's the word to end all words.
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2012, 10:14:11 PM »
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Especially remember that examiners have to mark hundreds of essays at all hours of the day and night. If they have to read a sentence or paragraph or essay more than once to try to decipher your convoluted prose, they're not going to be too pleased and it'll reflect in how they mark you. Take it from someone who learnt the hard way from a couple of Lit SACs.
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2012, 12:00:38 AM »
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A great word I just found: eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious

Get around it :)


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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2012, 12:50:59 AM »
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Can we use "for the sake of" in an exam?
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2012, 01:20:54 AM »
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The concept of memorizing words for the purpose of improving your vocabulary is so incredibly foreign to me... As far as I'm concerned, the only way one can properly build up their "wordbank" (for want of a better word) is to read a variety of texts. Year 12 is not the best time for this however, so I suggest working with what you have and not worrying about memorizing newer and better words. So long as you have not completely neglected books you should be able to develop sentences with relatively sophisticated expression.

On another note, I find a thesaurus helps most when I can't think of a synonym for a word that I may have used in a prior sentence but need to reuse, in which case it is helpful but do not choose words whose meanings you don't understand or your sentence will probably not make sense .
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2012, 10:49:28 AM »
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The concept of memorizing words for the purpose of improving your vocabulary is so incredibly foreign to me... As far as I'm concerned, the only way one can properly build up their "wordbank" (for want of a better word) is to read a variety of texts. Year 12 is not the best time for this however, so I suggest working with what you have and not worrying about memorizing newer and better words. So long as you have not completely neglected books you should be able to develop sentences with relatively sophisticated expression.

On another note, I find a thesaurus helps most when I can't think of a synonym for a word that I may have used in a prior sentence but need to reuse, in which case it is helpful but do not choose words whose meanings you don't understand or your sentence will probably not make sense .

I think it's good if you can find some nice-sounding words to integrate into your writing, but not too much. I'd rather memorise some epic phrases and sentence structures instead.

When I was writing my practise essays under untimed conditions, I used the Thesaurus a damn lot, but also make you sure check the actual dictionary meaning of a synonym too. Synonyms have slightly different meanings to each other, some may have stronger meanings than others, and you don't want to be using them in the wrong contexts.
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Re: What are some good sophisticated words that can be used in a essay??
« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2012, 11:39:52 PM »
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I like "aver" when writing about media texts.
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