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Part I. A Word to the Wise > Chapter 4. Our Three Vocabularies - Pg. 5

5 Chapter 4. Our Three Vocabularies Here is something that might surprise you. You have not one, but three vocabularies. You have a vocabulary for reading and listening, one for writing, and another for speaking. Although they overlap considerably, each of these means of communication requires that we use our vocabularies in slightly different ways. Some forms of communication require larger vocabularies, most do not! · Reading and Listening.These vocabularies include most of the big words that you know. When reading and listening, you notice words that you may not use yourself, but you recognize them by their context. When we hear or read new words often and find them useful, we frequently adopt them. · Writing.This vocabulary requires simple words, organization and a knowledge of special terms within your organization--called business jargon. However, you should keep jargon to a mini- mum when you write. Always write to express rather than impress. · Speaking.This vocabulary can be simple or sophisticated, depending on your audience. If you are speaking with your six-year-old nephew, little Freddy, speak simply. If you are speaking with