ratiocination

August 13th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

There is a bevy of sources for third rate SAT words-of-the-day, but if you really want to improve your vocabulary you should just read books. Certainly not third-rate book blogs.

But do you know what ratiocination means? I did not upon encountering it in a collection of short stories by O. Henry. (There were many, many words I did not know while plowing through the delights that is a collection of stories by William Sydney Porter ((but more on that later)).

But ratiocination. That’s a word. Don’t let it scare you. It’s pronounced rash-ee-os-uh-ney-shuhn.

And given its meaning, it deserves special attention in light of the obtuse, frenzied world we live.

Ratiocination is the process of logical reasoning.

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