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Vocabulary Lists

Test Prep

100 SAT Words Beginning with "A"

What better way to prepare for the sentence completion and passage-based questions on the SAT than to commit yourself to completing our alphabetically organized SAT lists? Find lists of SAT words...
abase, aberration, abhor, abject, abrasive, abstain, abstract, more...
100 words


"A Confederacy of Dunces," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-3

No one knows for sure how New Orleans got the nickname of "The Big Easy" but the main character of John Kennedy Toole's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" seems to be on a quest to embody the...
supercilious, abstruse, flagrant, waning, indictment, stench, chauffeur, more...
40 words

Morphology & Roots

Food and Drink Words with Arabic Roots

Most words come to us from the English language's Germanic roots, as well as a lot of Latin and Ancient Greek. There are, however, many English words that are actually derived from Arabic. Most of...
albacore, alcohol, apricot, artichoke, aubergine, carafe, caraway, more...
18 words

Historical Documents

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

On 24th September 1996, the nations of the world convened to sign a treaty that banned the testing and development of all nuclear weapons in a massive step towards harmony and peace. This list of...
preamble, nuclear, proliferation, implementation, systematic, ultimate, cessation, more...
21 words


Bush's Address on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the US witnessed the tragic loss of life brought about by acts of terrorism in New York and Washington DC. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation.
evil, despicable, unyielding, foundation, implemented, priority, precaution, more...
15 words

Just for Fun

Bob Crewe (1931-2014) tribute list

Bob Crewe, a songwriter behind Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons' biggest successes and hits for many other groups, died on September 11, 2014 at the age of 82. Crewe was a master of the musical hook,...
linger, astray, savor, reminisce, silhouette, deceive, cloak, more...
10 words


President Obama's Speech on ISIL Threat

On September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation about the terrorist threat posed by those known as ISIS ( Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) a...
degrade, affiliate, vigilant, exploit, grievance, condone, strife, more...
24 words
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Here is the latest in our series of quick tips on usage and style shared by Mignon Fogarty, better known as Grammar Girl. This time she answers the question, is it copy editor or copyeditorContinue reading...
In a piece in The New York Times Magazine's recent education issue with the provocative headline "Why Flunking Exams is Actually a Good Thing," science reporter Benedict Carey delves into the science of pretesting (or using testing as a way to study and learn), an idea that suggests that failing to answer a test question correctly is one of the best ways to stimulate our brains to learn. Continue reading...
Stroll through the hipper districts of any American city in 2014 and you may experience the sense of time being slightly out of joint. On shop signs and menus, words that last flourished a couple of centuries ago—or earlier—have been making a comeback. But no word from the distant past is as antique, or as popular in commerce in so many disparate ways, as apothecaryContinue reading...
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