The way to a great vocabulary is at your fingertips, and it has absolutely nothing to do with those word-a-day calendars.
In this chapter, I will show you two ways to improve your memory for sesquipedalian (having many syllables) and small, obscure words.
Whenever possible, try to remember concepts rather than memorizing random data. For instance, if someone told you to memorize a long string of numbers—e.g., 147101316192225—it would be far better to note that each number is three higher than the one before (1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, etc.) and simply remember that rule.
Similarly, it is far better to absorb the way words are constructed—to memorize a relatively small number of prefixes, ...