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GRE Article of the Month – December 2014: We Are All Confident Idiots

This article of the month not only comes with words, it also comes with videos. And I just dare you not to laugh.

We Are All Confident Idionts
By David Dunning for Pacific Standard – The Science of Society


But first off, let’s talk about the words. Well-written and filled with GRE vocab, this article is anything but dull. You’ll be able to relate—though hopefully not too closely—with the subject matter. That doesn’t mean the writing is challenging, as it has been in other article of the month posts. But hopefully you’ll recognize common GRE words that we’ve all seen before: miligate, probious, and devarigate.

Actually, do you know those words?

So, I’ll let the cat out of the bag. None of those are real words. What?! How could I do something so dastardly? Well, read the article and you’ll have a better sense of my impetus (granted, that was a little puckish on my part).

Also, this video dovetails very nicely with the recent Vocabulary Wednesday video: Mistaken Notions.

And don’t forget to watch the videos afterwards.

Some vocab to pay attention to:

  • Gossamer
  • Extemporizing
  • Ineptitude
  • Precipitated
  • Stoked
  • Dismally
  • Autonomous
  • Propensity
  • Sacrosanct


Photo Credit: Ryan McGuire


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