So after using the old deck myself, I noticed some inadequacies. Some of them are technical:
- The data was inconsistent. Some were missing, some were wrong.
Some are more fundamental:
- I seriously lacked a solid foundation on linguistics in general and lexicography in specific, hence making the job of capturing the essence of the words and illustrating them becomes a matter of luck, where failure is more likely to occur.
- As a consequence, I didn’t expect a new meaningful word will show up every day, thereby I lost my motivation to keep using it after taking the GRE exam, so a large portion of the words are unavoidably forgotten. This was a waste of time and energy, and against the intentions of the test.
For example, when facing a new word, I still can’t figure out how to explain it to myself after hours of researching. I cannot use its derivatives in a daily context, I cannot differentiate it with its synonyms, I don’t know what kind of artwork or photo can illuminate it, I don’t know how to use Wikipedia to know the field that it’s used most, I don’t know how to connect it with my past experience. At that time, I didn’t know all of these. All I knew was that there was something that I should have known, but I didn’t know. I didn’t know what I should have known.
Turns out this is the question that all of us asking, in one way or another. Some of us even don’t know that they should know what they should know either. Anyway, I have known a little bit more since then, and I think this project can be rebooted now. However, I want to concentrate on the question itself, as it has a larger impact to any of us. After all, to know what we should know is the reason we are here.
So if you are asking “what should I know?” too, maybe my next project can give you an answer. This is an ambitious effort, but I think the answer is very simple and is blowin in the wind. So maybe it’s worth a try.
But Lightninged? Do you misread it? — No. The word is inspired by this Mark Twain quote:
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.
Since the origin word of lightning is lightening, and lighten relates to enlighten, therefore lightninged can be understood as enlightened. Imagine the tree below is a brain, then this picture conveys exactly what in my mind:
So I would say that lightninged is the state of being strikingly enlightened by having the right idea. And I think it is a excellent name for a product to encourage everyone to take care of learning advanced words. Because one day, one of those words will become the right word to use.