Education: First Things First

As soon as a foreigner tries to master English, he runs up against the well-known anarchy of the vocabulary. A game, he learns, means a sport; but there are also game legs, big game, and being game to try. Draw is a common word: but there are drawing pictures, drawing water, drawing & quartering, and fighting to a draw. Fifteen years ago, big, black-haired Psychologist Irving Lorge of Columbia University's Teachers College decided to count the meanings of the most common English words, then try to determine which meanings a beginner should learn...

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