100 Words

100 Words “All High School Grads” should know. I carved the list up into words I did and didn’t know, and had the strange experience of not being sure in several cases. It comes from developing a vocabulary from reading; there’re often words that I place from context, and can use in a sentence, but couldn’t define.

But that’s not what this is about. This is about the editors of American Heritage trying to sell a book in the hyper-competititive climate of Modern American Child- Rearing.

100 Words That All High School Graduates — And Their Parents — Should Know

BOSTON, MA — The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.
“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”

Words I Know

abrogate
antebellum
auspicious
belie
chromosome
circumlocution
circumnavigate
deciduous
deleterious
enfranchise
epiphany
equinox
euro
evanescent
expurgate
facetious
fatuous
feckless
fiduciary
filibuster
gauche
gerrymander
hegemony
hemoglobin
homogeneous
hubris
hypotenuse
impeach
incognito
incontrovertible
inculcate
infrastructure
interpolate
irony
kinetic
kowtow
laissez faire
lexicon
loquacious
metamorphosis
mitosis
nanotechnology
nihilism
nomenclature
nonsectarian
notarize
obsequious
oligarchy
omnipotent
oxidize
parabola
paradigm
parameter
photosynthesis
plagiarize
plasma
polymer
quasar
quotidian
recapitulate
reciprocal
reparation
respiration
soliloquy
subjugate
suffragist
supercilious
tautology
taxonomy
tectonic
tempestuous
thermodynamics
totalitarian
usurp
vacuous
vehement
vortex
winnow
wrought
yeoman
xenophobe

Words I Don’t Know

abjure
abstemious
acumen
bellicose
bowdlerize
chicanery
churlish
diffident
enervate
gamete
jejune
lugubrious
moiety
orthography
pecuniary
precipitous
sanguine
unctuous
ziggurat

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