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100 words to know, but only 57 you will ever use

Houghton Mifflin has published a list of words every high school senior should know. I've used words like feckless and diffident in conversation(usually with myself or on my blog LOL), and I knew a few yeoman over the years, but when is the last time any of us employed the word ziggurat?

Education Blogger Joanne Jacobs says she hasn't used that word or gamete of late. Maybe we lack the acumen or I'm too busy being churlish. The full list is below the fold.

abjure
abrogate
abstemious
acumen
antebellum
auspicious
belie
bellicose
bowdlerize
chicanery
chromosome
churlish
circumlocution
circumnavigate
deciduous
deleterious
diffident
enervate
enfranchise
epiphany
equinox
euro
evanescent
expurgate
facetious
fatuous
feckless
fiduciary
filibuster
gamete
gauche
gerrymander
hegemony
hemoglobin
homogeneous
hubris
hypotenuse
impeach
incognito
incontrovertible
inculcate
infrastructure
interpolate
irony
jejune
kinetic
kowtow
laissez faire
lexicon
loquacious



lugubrious
metamorphosis
mitosis
moiety
nanotechnology
nihilism
nomenclature
nonsectarian
notarize
obsequious
oligarchy
omnipotent
orthography
oxidize
parabola
paradigm
parameter
pecuniary
photosynthesis
plagiarize
plasma
polymer
precipitous
quasar
quotidian
recapitulate
reciprocal
reparation
respiration
sanguine
soliloquy
subjugate
suffragist
supercilious
tautology
taxonomy
tectonic
tempestuous
thermodynamics
totalitarian
unctuous
usurp
vacuous
vehement
vortex
winnow
wrought
xenophobe
yeoman
ziggurat


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Comments (12)

They forgot arrogant,condec... (Below threshold)
Glenn:

They forgot arrogant,condecending and most important pretentious.

I am lapidary but not erist... (Below threshold)

I am lapidary but not eristic when I use big words. -W. F. Buckley, Jr.

Oh, and they forgot my favo... (Below threshold)

Oh, and they forgot my favorite: sesquipedalian!

Pellucid... (Below threshold)
Glenn:

Pellucid

I used to use "vacuous" a l... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

I used to use "vacuous" a lot, but after you banned that commentator, I did not need it as much ...

I've used ziggurat to descr... (Below threshold)
Mikey NTH:

I've used ziggurat to describe a skyscraper (an older one). Does that count?

but when is the last tim... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

but when is the last time any of us employed the word ziggurat?

When I do my Arnold Rimmer immitation, up up the ziggarat, lickety-split!

Curmudgeons don't need to u... (Below threshold)
epador:

Curmudgeons don't need to use big words.

Corpulent is one of ... (Below threshold)

Corpulent is one of my favorites.

I forgot mitosis, I never k... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

I forgot mitosis, I never knew moiety, and I have a ziggurat in my pants.

Speaking of: where's embiggen?

I quit zmoking ziggurats 10... (Below threshold)
ptg:

I quit zmoking ziggurats 10 years ago. Dey vas make me zick.

This strikes me as a list o... (Below threshold)

This strikes me as a list of perfectly cromulent words.




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