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100 words every high school graduate should know

via a digg link, here are the 100 words.

before i clicked, i thought i’d know most, if not all, of these words. i’m a college graduate. i taught high school english.

after clicking through?

let’s just say it was a humbling experience. there were more words i didn’t know, or at least didn’t know a precise definition for, than i thought there’d be.

and although i recognized nearly all of the words, there was even a word (moiety) that i’d never even seen before.

here’s my personal list of words for which i need to confirm a definition. for me, having a vague idea of the definition, or having the ability to use the word in a phrase without knowing the precise meaning, means i included the word on this list. context isn’t always everything.


i’ll have to get busy soon.

update: someone wrote a wordpress plugin that checks your blog for which of the 100 words you’ve used, and how many times you’ve used them.

excluding the listed words above, i’ve used four of them: euro, wrought, reparation, and irony.

clearly i need to raise the level of the dialogue around here.


  1. It doesn’t care if you don’t use all those words in your blog. It’s more important if you know them, and know what they mean. Maybe I can write you one wonderful paragraph with the quality of Shakespeare (is just an example, I know I can’t -in english-), but if I don’t know exactly what I’m talking about, it has no value…

    Posted on 29-May-07 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  2. well said, zim. i’ll keep it simple around here–that’s probably my best option anyway ; )

    Posted on 29-May-07 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

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