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Ultimate word games to enhance vocabulary!

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Ultimate word games to enhance vocabulary!

We present to you the best games you can play to increase your word power.

By Noorulain Sayed 25th Nov, 2016 01:42 pm

A strong vocabulary is helpful in every arena of student life, from being able to communicate well to being able to do well in standardised tests like the IELTS, GMAT or GRE. Interestingly, improving one’s vocabulary can be fun with some engrossing games. We present to you the best games you can play to increase your word power!

Name: Scrabble

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This is the ultimate word formation game and perhaps the most played and loved throughout the world!

How to play?

One simply has to create meaningful words out of the jumbled letter tiles given to them.

Why do we recommend?

This game helps players to expand their diction. The use of the dictionary makes them aware of words they never even knew existed. Scrabble is also a unique game which is an amalgamation of anagrams and crosswords.

Fun fact:

Scrabble was invented in 1931 by New York architect Alfred Mosher Butts.

Name: Cryptic Crossword

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Each clue in this game is a word puzzle in and of itself.

How to play?

The key here is to crack the cryptic clue provided. The players must find a way of reading the clue which ultimately leads to the solution.

Why do we recommend?

Cryptic crosswords not only test your current knowledge of words, but also seriously challenge the brain and push the players to think out of the box! In addition, solving crosswords releases chemicals called endorphins in your body, which trigger a positive feeling in the body.

Fun fact:

During World War II, military chiefs commissioned The Daily Telegraph to publish a timed cryptic crossword, which was then used as a recruitment test for talented code-breakers.

Name: Taboo 

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This is the most popular word game at parties!

How to play?

The objective of the game is for a player to have their partners guess the word on the player's card without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card.

Why do we recommend?

This game improves your expression skills apart from helping you learn new words. Taboo also builds a sense of team spirit within groups and individuals.

Fun fact:

It was designed by Brian Hersch back in 1989.

Name: Scattergories 

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The purpose of this game is to test and enhance fast and creative thinking.

How to play?

For each round, players are assigned a category and a letter of the alphabet. The player has to list as many things as he/she can belonging to the given category. Not only do the answers have to start with only the assigned letter, they cannot be the same as the other people in the group!

Why do we recommend?

This game keeps one hungry to learn new words due to its extra competitive and non-repetitive nature.

Fun fact:

A player cannot use the same word for two different categories in a single round.

William Shakespeare once said “All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players”. As a student, you play your part by doing well academically and these games are just right to pump up your word knowledge and have an edge over your peers!

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