In 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.