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#80976 - 09/17/02 05:09 PM 100 Words
AnnaStrophic Offline
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... all high school graduates should know, according to our friends at the AHD. How do we measure up?

http://makeashorterlink.com/?N2F2213D1


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#80977 - 09/17/02 05:50 PM Re: 100 Words
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How do we measure up?

Not bad at a quick glance, Auntlette - but I have to question many of the choices of our friends at the AHD.

I suppose the authority of any list that is meant to help denote "a superior command of the language" is going to be questionable.


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#80978 - 09/17/02 05:52 PM Re: 100 Words
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Thanks for the link, AnnaS.

Good list--some were surprising because they were not challenging at all (e.g., vortex, soliloquy, hypotenuse)--but a couple of the ones associated with science, for instance, I wouldn't know how to use correctly. Overall, I'd say 95% of them I was very familiar with. About 5% I'd have to fudge on--and probably wouldn't use them correctly (e.g., nanotechnology).


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#80979 - 09/17/02 05:58 PM Re: 100 Words
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cir·cum·lo·cu·tion = I don't know *about the word, but the concept...


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#80980 - 09/17/02 09:05 PM Re: 100 Words
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ziggurat - how useful. ( - "Just going off to the ziggurat dear")
jj


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#80981 - 09/18/02 04:30 AM Re: 100 Words
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there's also a certain irony in a USn site explaining or dealing with the meaning of irony, presumably to other USns. (Who was it who first described the US as an "irony free zone"?)
jj



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#80982 - 09/18/02 05:49 AM Re: 100 Words
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Who was it who first described the US as an "irony free zone"?

We use irony. We just call it lying.


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#80983 - 09/18/02 06:01 AM Re: 100 Words
johnjohn Offline
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a hit ,a very palpable hit...


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#80984 - 09/18/02 06:40 AM Re: 100 Words
TheFallibleFiend Offline
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I used to think irony was spelled C-A-G-T . But maybe it's u-d-t-b-s-c.

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#80985 - 09/18/02 09:57 AM Re: 100 Words
wwh Offline
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Epiphany is a word I have to look up repeatedly. Sunday school didn't beat it into me.

Gerrymander is a word of such limited use, only people from Massachusetts should be
expected to know it. Last use I remember is when Barney Franks robbed Margaret Heckler
of a large part of her consttituenecy, thirty years or more ago.


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