Alphabetization

Why one should not follow a dictionary’s example while learning vocabulary.

Alphabetical order is a well known and effective way to arrange vocabulary to allow rapid retrieval. At least it was. The speed of flipping through the pages of a dictionary to locate a specific term has no comparison with the celerity of voice recognition software. Unfortunately, alphabetization fails to provide semantic background whatsoever. Beyond memorization of a specific contextual alphabet, any attempt at committing a vocabulary list to memory should be discarded entirely. Another mnemonic device should be utilized in conjunction to promote a higher lexical inventory.

Alphabetical Exemplifications
01. Parts of The Hand

back of the hand
fingernail
fingerprint
index finger
knuckle
little finger/ pinky
middle finger
palm
ring finger
thumb
thumbprint

02. Door Nomenclature

doorbell
deadbolt
door handle
doorknob
doorstop
hinge
keyhole
lock
panel
peephole
threshold

03. Toolbars

bookmarks
edit
file
format
help
history
insert
table
tools
view
window

04. Beauty

beautiful
dashing
debonair
drop-dead gorgeous
fair
fixing
handsome
good-looking
gorgeous
pretty
stunning

beautiful
Beautiful

Lies in the eyes of the beholder.

deadbolt
Deadbolt

Your last hope against an intruder

debonair
Debonair

Beyond the reach of most women

door terminology
Door Terminology

Better than a native speaker

door handle
Door Handle

Wash your hands after visiting.

doorknob
Doorknob

Difficult for cats and squirrels to open.

drop-dead gorgeous
Drop-dead gorgeous

Enough to stop you in your tracks.

fair
Fair

A fair-headed lass for sure.

fingerprint
Fingerprint

Remember that you have only eight.

fist
Fist

A knuckle sandwich

fixing
Fixing

Enough to make you pause.

hand impression
Hand Impression

How much vocabulary do you know?

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Handprint

Enough to get you thrown out of China.

peephole
Peephole

Works both ways.

threshold
Threshold

Such a custom, it’s tradition.

toolbar
Toolbar

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