Quixotic Many have heard of Don Quixote but few know there is a word in the English language derived from this man’s exploits (or lack thereof). Don Quixote was an old man on an old horse, and fancied himself a chivalrous knight who would save the world. Today quixotic describes any vastly idealistic notions or […]
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Many of you studying for the GRE will also be studying for another test: the TOEFL. Indeed, you might be studying both at the same time. Even if you aren’t in this group, you probably already know that the level of vocabulary on the two tests is very different. However, you might be surprised to […]
For many summer means languorous days at the beach, evenings promenading through town, and balmy nights with friends and family. For the lucky few, it can be all of these—if they’re on vacation. Interestingly, summer is a time for travel, those few weeks where we can check out of our daily routine and experience the […]
There are very few letters in the alphabet that have yet to be featured on Vocabulary Wednesday. In fact, ‘H’ might very well be the last one. But don’t worry: there are always prefixes and suffixes! Histrionic Do you waltz, gambol and gallivant across the stage of life? Do you overreact to everything, swooning when […]
ETS, after amassing copious data, has made an interesting discovery: the majority of those who retake the test tend to do better (this doesn’t apply as much as AWA, which, given its small score increment, is more difficult to improve at). Therefore, ETS is urging students to consider retaking the test.
Not sure if anybody can guess the theme based on the title. Nope, this week is not about words dealing with greetings. The theme is actually GRE words that end in ‘o’. You wouldn’t think there are many such words, but I’ve actually been able to corral quite a few!
When I hear that a test prep company has released a new edition of its book, my usual response is, “So whose face is on the cover this year?” Even after half a decade of several glossy new editions—and a revolving door of glossy smiles—the content in test prep books remains unchanged, and my cynicism […]
I often encourage students to read articles from the New York Times to improve their ability to understand complex vocabulary functioning in a rich context. Not every article quite fits that description, so a willy-nilly approach to the New York Times reading won’t always bear such lexical fruit. For those looking for vocab-dense, thought-provoking articles […]
Four-letter words fly under the radar, deceiving us into thinking that they aren’t all that important. But these words that are short on letters can be long on meaning.
I thought I’d add a little twist to this week’s word list. Since the words are taken from an article, it allows me to actually take phrases (or at least word pairings) that might be difficult to understand. It’s a little experiment, but it might end up being helpful, especially since the GRE is […]