Saturday, June 02, 2007

Words We Should Know

It's not really a meme... but feel free to take it and run with it.
From a press release comes the 100 words every high school graduate should know.
I'll bold the ones I, as a high school and college graduate know (or have somewhat vaguely heard of).

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

Some of those I could define poorly but I'd be close! Some of the words I've heard, and even remember looking up at some point, but couldn't even come close to telling you what they mean now.


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