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#80976 - 09/17/02 05:09 PM 100 Words
Loc: lower upstate New York
... all high school graduates should know, according to our friends at the AHD. How do we measure up?
#80977 - 09/17/02 05:50 PM Re: 100 Words
Loc: Sussex, England
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.
#80978 - 09/17/02 05:52 PM Re: 100 Words
Loc: Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
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).
#80979 - 09/17/02 05:58 PM Re: 100 Words
cir·cum·lo·cu·tion = I don't know *about the word, but the concept...
#80980 - 09/17/02 09:05 PM Re: 100 Words
ziggurat - how useful. ( - "Just going off to the ziggurat dear")
#80981 - 09/18/02 04:30 AM Re: 100 Words
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"?)
#80982 - 09/18/02 05:49 AM Re: 100 Words
Who was it who first described the US as an "irony free zone"?
We use irony. We just call it lying.
#80983 - 09/18/02 06:01 AM Re: 100 Words
a hit ,a very palpable hit...
#80984 - 09/18/02 06:40 AM Re: 100 Words
Loc: Virginia, USA
I used to think irony was spelled C-A-G-T . But maybe it's u-d-t-b-s-c.
#80985 - 09/18/02 09:57 AM Re: 100 Words
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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