Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – or why a Glossary is good for you

Open Book Stoichiometry. Homologous series. Covalent bond. Polarisation. Longitudinal Wave. Kinematics. Inertia. Karyotype. Meiosis.

I could keep on going, but I won’t – at this time, but you will have to. These terms are some of the words and language you will have to learn to use and define. It will be part of your ongoing assessment to keep a glossary of new words and concepts you encounter in the course of your studies this year. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, or the fear of long words, is something you are going to learn to defeat this year. There is plenty of help available to help you write meaningful definitions. The first tip I can offer is the Google define tool. Try it yourself. Go to Google and type in define: and one of the words from the list at the top of this post and see what happens. Remember that your glossary has to be your own definitions – copying the first definition that you find (online or in your textbook won’t help you…)

See you in class.

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2 Comments on “Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – or why a Glossary is good for you”

  1. Kern Says:

    Hi all,

    Although google define is a great tool, I found the site listed below a useful for understanding concepts better as it has a diagram and an example with the definition.

    Note:Google has a much more extensive glossary compared to the site listed below

    http://discover.edventures.com/functions/termlib.php?action=&alpha=A

  2. Henry Says:

    Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia
    A word I have never heard of before and a word which I don’t think I will ever remember, but it is one cool word Mr G.
    thats going straight into the glossary =)
    see you in class.

    henry


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