Monday, May 28, 2007

Some Vocabulary for High School Graduates

Again we will most likely not talk about hosting or the Internet once in this post. Rather we will be updating you on the annual "100 words every high school graduate should know." This list is made by the editors of the American Heritage dictionaries and to be honest, I don't think I know the definitions of each of these words off the top of my head. Furthermore I don't even think I could spell all of these words. But that is fine because I'm sure many other people around the world don't know more than half of these words and it does not seem as though these words are used in normal human conversations. These are just words that the editors suggest should be known. But in reality we all know that most of these are unknown.

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

So if you are a currentl high school graduate and do not know the definitions for these words, you should be ashamed. Just kidding, don't worry you should be happy that you could even pronounce these words.

1 comment:

Steve said...

These are some tough words - I cannot imagine many high school students knowing the definitions to the words.