Tuesday, June 5, 2007

100 Words That All High School Graduates Should Know

The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

I have put "*" next to the ones I know or at least recognize. Why I want to show my ignorance is beyond me, but I actually know some of them from math (I marked those with "**").


The following is the entire list of 100 words:

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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