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Rita Kreig

How to Use Your SAT Vocab to Impress Your Family at Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is this Thursday! If you couldn’t tell by all the Christmas decorations already being sold in stores, the holiday season has officially begun. Let’s study while we celebrate!

In the spirit of Turkey Day, we pulled eight common SAT vocabulary words from our Magoosh SAT Vocab Flashcards (download the app for free) and gave them a festive spin. Learn these words today, and then unleash them on your relatives on Thanksgiving. They’ll be really impressed.

(By the way – impressing your family with your new SAT Vocab is all the studying you should be doing on Thanksgiving. Think of all the things you have to be thankful for, and enjoy a nice food coma. You deserve it!)

Let’s get started. 🙂


Verb: Make more attractive by adding ornament, color. etc.; to make more beautiful

My sister is a horrible cook, so it’s her Thanksgiving duty to embellish the table with nice napkins, candles, and autumn decorations.




Noun: Lack of agreement or harmony

There was discord in the dining room as people debated their favorite and least favorite Thanksgiving foods. (Best = pumpkin pie, Worst = stuffing)




Adjective: Having an unpleasant smell

We waited impatiently for Thanksgiving turkey, but when the malodorous bird finally emerged from the deep fryer, we though it best to stick with the side dishes.




Verb: Laugh boisterously

My uncle guffawed at his own turkey-related puns.

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Noun: A state of chaos, noise, and confusion

The kitchen was in a tumult as five different people all tried to cook their specialty dishes at the same time.




Adjective: Highly unconventional or unusual (usually describes a person)

At about 9pm, eccentric Uncle Marvin strolled in to dinner with a parrot on his shoulder, polka dot bow-tie askew, and western shotgun in tow — it would make for a very interesting evening, I was sure.




Adjective: Worthy of high praise

Aunt Gayle outdid herself this year — the cranberry soufflé she prepared was commendable in all regards!




Verb: To figure out the feature, attribute, or trait that makes something different

Though my grandmother and my aunt always compete to see who can bake the best pumpkin pie, it’s actually quite difficult to differentiate the two recipes.
(I hate pumpkin pie.)



That’s all for now! Let us know if you have the opportunity to practice any of these words. And again – Happy Thanksgiving!


About Rita Kreig

Rita helps high schoolers find Magoosh, improve their SAT/ACT scores, and get into their dream schools. She earned both her BA and Master of Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, where she also studied Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Rita loves education and marketing, just as much as she loves vinyasa yoga and baking chocolate chip cookies.

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