Today’s Vocabulary Lesson

A while back, I ran across “100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know” [link removed]. I was horrified because I knew so few of them. Here’s the list in its entirety. I’ve marked which ones I know (or could probably use somewhat correctly in a sentence), and the ones I thought I knew but was wrong.

  1. abjure
  2. abrogate
  3. abstemious
  4. acumen
  5. antebellum – knew
  6. auspicious
  7. belie – knew
  8. bellicose
  9. bowdlerize
  10. chicanery
  11. chromosome – knew
  12. churlish
  13. circumlocution
  14. circumnavigate – knew
  15. deciduous – knew
  16. deleterious
  17. diffident
  18. enervate
  19. enfranchise – knew
  20. epiphany – knew
  21. equinox – knew
  22. euro – knew
  23. evanescent
  24. expurgate
  25. facetious – knew
  26. fatuous
  27. feckless
  28. fiduciary – knew
  29. filibuster – knew
  30. gamete
  31. gauche
  32. gerrymander
  33. hegemony  – knew
  34. hemoglobin – knew
  35. homogeneous – knew
  36. hubris
  37. hypotenuse – knew
  38. impeach – knew
  39. incognito – knew
  40. incontrovertible – knew
  41. inculcate
  42. infrastructure – knew
  43. interpolate
  44. irony – knew
  45. jejune
  46. kinetic – knew
  47. kowtow
  48. laissez faire – knew
  49. lexicon – knew
  50. loquacious – knew
  51. lugubrious
  52. metamorphosis – knew
  53. mitosis – knew
  54. moiety
  55. nanotechnolgy – knew
  56. nihilism – knew
  57. nomenclature – knew
  58. nonsectarian – knew
  59. notarize – knew
  60. obsequious
  61. oligarchy – knew
  62. omnipotent – knew
  63. orthography
  64. oxidize – knew
  65. parabola – knew
  66. paradigm – knew
  67. parameter – knew
  68. pecuniary
  69. photosynthesis – knew
  70. plagiarize – knew
  71. plasma – wrong
  72. polymer – knew
  73. precipitous – wrong
  74. quasar – knew
  75. quotidian
  76. recapitulate – knew
  77. reciprocal – knew
  78. reparation – knew
  79. respiration – knew
  80. sanguine – knew
  81. soliloquy – knew
  82. subjugate – knew
  83. suffragist – knew
  84. supercilious – knew
  85. tautology
  86. taxonomy – knew
  87. tectonic – knew
  88. tempestuous – knew
  89. thermodynamics – knew
  90. totalitarian – knew
  91. unctuous
  92. usurp – knew
  93. vacuous – knew
  94. vehement – knew
  95. vortex – knew
  96. winnow
  97. wrought – knew
  98. xenophobe – knew
  99. yeoman – knew
  100. ziggurat

So, I got… 63%.  Does that mean I should go back to high school?  I sure hope not.  That was h*ll.  Now, who wants to play along by commenting?

One Reply to “Today’s Vocabulary Lesson”

  1. Kelly,

    I’m surprised you didn’t know “deleterious” (did I just spell that right?) given all the Jane Austen I know you’ve read.

    Is it wrong that I know “enervate” because of Harry Potter?

    Have fun,
    L

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