The Word Master Calendar

word - a - day calendar ©

A vocabulary expander concept

I used this method to improve my vocabulary from 5,000 to 40,000 words; greater than Shakespeare's

Devised in 1985


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The Wordmaster calendar concept can be used to increase your vocabulary, and hence to develop your ability, skill, and confidence in public speaking. This will also assist you in overcoming any fear of public speaking ( stage fright ), and improve your script writing capacity, and help you to gain ' the gift of the gab '. It can give your talks more power and influence, and hence make them more successful and effective, and therefore enhance your capacity for teaching, training, and leadership.


Introduction to the word-a-day calendar

which can be used to improve vocabulary, comprehension, and literacy, and provide a command of the English language.


In 1975 I was suffering from numerous health problems which my doctors were not able to diagnose or understand. Essentially I was getting those pains when I leaned toward a desk to read or write. I therefore began to read medical books to find out the nature of those problems for myself.

However, as reading was causing me pain, especially abdominal pain, I was restricted to reading one word a day.

After a few months of reading a medical dictionary I discovered a condition called Da Costa's Syndrome where all of the symptoms matched my own. Also the typical physique of the patients matched mine as well. i.e. patients with Da Costa's Syndrome were typically thin and stooped, and they were generally sedentary workers, as I was. Nowadays the condition is called the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, although there are various causes and types.

While I was reading I found the medical language was difficult to comprehend, but then I found a list of Latin and Greek word bases which were used in combination to form medical words, so I began to learn those. For example micro means small and scope means to look at, so I could understand the meaning of the word microscope, and guess at the meaning of many other words containing micro or scope. Those word origins were listed near the front of Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.

I was also testing my vocabulary by using the Reader's Digest Word Power test, and initially I thought that I was quite intelligent but could not understand why I was getting scores as low as 3, ranging to 7 out of 20. After learning one word a day for a few years I was averaging about 17, and then the monthly word power test words in the Reader's Digest were based on medical terminology, and I scored 20 out of 20 for the first time. I also read somewhere that the scores I was achieving were equivalent to a vocabulary of 40,000 which was the same as Shakespeare's; the greatest writer in history.

Of course there were only 40,000 words in the English language in Shakespeare's time and he probably knew all of them. When I did the test there were an estimated 750,000 words in the English language, and nowadays there are more than 1 million.

The important matter to consider is that I decided to put my method of learning into a calendar for other people to benefit from. It was used by the Australian and New Zealand public speakers organisation called Rostrum as their Australian 1988 Bicentennial product.

You too can improve your vocabulary if you use my method. i.e. by learning one-word-a- day, my way, you can soon achieve a vocabulary greater than Shakespeare's.

I cannot convince you of how valuable that has been to me, or motivate you to try it for yourself, but I can describe what I did and how I did it.

The rest is up to you. M.B. (author of The Posture Theory)


The Word Master Calendar ©
2006 update


The Word Master word-a-day calendar is designed to provide you with a method of dramatically improving your vocabulary. It is based on the idea that by learning the Greek or Latin origins of words you will gain some insight into many modern-day English words. For example, the Greek word "therme" means "heat", and "metron" means "measure". When these are combined in the word "thermometer" they mean "an instrument for measuring temperature". Once you understand this you have an idea of the meanings of the following words:

If you learn a word a day for 366 days you will increase your vocabulary by several thousand words. This rapid improvement will encourage you to continue learning, and finally to excel in your coprehension and command of the English language.







INTRODUCTION - explanatory chapter at beginning of book.

L. INTRO = to the inside






KILOMETRE - 1000 metres.

GK. KHILIOI = thousand

GK. METRON = measure














VERACITY -truthfullness.

L. VERSUS = true

L. -ITAS = denotes 'quality of'






POSTPONE - delay until some later date.

L. POST = after

L. PONERE = place






HEXAPOD - insect having six feet.

GK. HEX = six

GK. PODOS = feet




PREAMBLE - preliminary remarks of speaker.

L. PRAE = before

L. AMBULARE = walk




ENTOMOLOGY - study of insects.

GK. ENTOMOS = insect

GK. -LOGIA = study




PERINATAL - pertaining to the time just before and after birth

GK. PERI = around

L. NATALIS = birth



CENTIGRADE - having one hundred degrees

L. CENTRUM = hundred

L. GRADUS = step






not falling into a category or type.

L. NON = not

L. SCRIPT- = write





TERRESTRIAL - outside the earth.

L. EXTRA = outside

L. TERRA = earth





LOGICAL - arranged according to time of occurence

GK. KHRONOS = time

GK. -:LOGIA = study



 ETRAVAGANT - beyond the reasonable, profuse or wasteful.

L. EX = out of

L. VAGARI = wander




MEGALITH - enormous stone block or monument.

GK. MEGAS = great

GK.:LITHOS = stone




IDEOLOGY - system of ideas particular to a person or group.

GK. IDEA = look, kind

GK. -LOGIA = study


 CENTRIFUGAL - moving outwards from the centre.

L. CENTRUM = centre

L. FUGERE = flee


 PARADOX - seemingly self-contradictory yet truthful statement.

GK. PARA = beside

GK. DOXA = opinion


 AUDIOLOGY - science dealing with ears and hearing.

L. AUDIRE = hear

Gk. -LOGIA = study




CONSISTENT - conforming to usual principles.

L. COM = with

L. SISTERE = stop, stand


 PENULTIMATE - last but one.

L. PAENE = almost

L. ULTIMUS = last

 CONCLUSION - end or final result

L. COM- = with

L. CLUS- = shut

Copyright 1988, 1991, 2005 M.A.Banfield, Adelaide, South Australia. ph. +61 (08) 82635735, email