When you play Vocabulary.com, you'll see a wide variety of question types quizzing you on the meanings of words. But so far, the questions have been entirely text-based, relying on definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and example sentences. Today we are pleased to announce a brand-new type of question that takes advantage of the visual potential of vocabulary learning.
Now, regardless of whether you're playing the Web version or using the app, you will begin to see image questions, which ask you to pick from among four possible images to find the one that best fits the word in the center of the display. Take this example, which asks you to find the best picture for pugilist:
If you know that a pugilist is a boxer (especially a professional one), then you'll be able to zero in right away on the correct image and select it with a click or tap. But would you know how to identify a proboscis? Take a look at this question:
The elephant's trunk in the bottom right is a prime example of a proboscis, which is a long flexible snout. Seeing a word illustrated by an image in this fashion not only is refreshing to the eyes, but it also will help you remember the meaning of the word by providing a visual reinforcement. The next time you come across pugilist or proboscis, an image of a boxer or an elephant trunk just might flash before your eyes.
We'll be adding more image questions in the future, so let us know what you think of the ones that you see! We hope you'll find that a picture truly is worth a thousand words.