100 Words Every Graduate Should Know

100 words every graduate should knowIn the spirit of graduation season, the editors of American Heritage Dictionaries have put together a list of the 100 words every high school graduate and their parents should know.  These words are a benchmark against which all graduates can measure whether they really have a superior command of the language. 

I knew 89 of the 100.  Keep reading to see which words I didn’t know, and how many you know.

Ok, I did not know the following 11 words: abstemious, bowdlerize, deciduous, evanescent, gamete, jejune, moiety, pecuniary, quotidian, supercilious and tautology.

How many do you know?


6 Responses to 100 Words Every Graduate Should Know

  1. amyleesspace says:

    I am way too embarressed to say how many I did NOT know 😦

  2. deborah says:

    Knew all but 2: bowdlerize and hubris. I think my nursing background helped. deb

  3. RubeRad says:

    What does “know” mean? There should be a test associated, to verify that the words you think you know, you really know correctly. The 5 words that I am not confident that I could give a decent definition for are:

    bowdlerize, enervate, jejune, moiety, orthography

    I have the impression that ‘bowdlerize’ means something like ‘engage in chicanery’, and ‘enervate’ means ‘make nervous’, but I’m not confident. jejune and moiety I’ve seen, but I have no clue what they might mean. Orthography I’ve never seen, but by etymology alone, it probably means something like ‘straight drawing’, or ‘correct writing’.

  4. SelahV says:

    Okay, I came over to your site because of a comment you left on Keith Schooley’s. Now I know I can’t read your blog. If you know all those words, then I’m way over my head intellectually. May God bless you and your readers immensely. selahV

  5. Selah, it’s never to late. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.

  6. SelahV says:

    so the old addage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not true? selahV

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