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Chris Lele

SAT Vocab Monday: Freaky Looking Words



There is a popular character named Don Quixote from literature. He was a little bit off his rocker and thought he was a valiant knight out to save the world. He rode this really broken down horse named Rocinante (it wasn’t in much better shape than a donkey). Of course, neither man nor horse could change the world. So anybody who, like Don Quixote, believes they can attain some monumental goal is quixotic.


A quag is an area of marshy ground and mire is also marshy ground. Put them together and you get really marshy ground. Of course, the real definition is a little more practical than that: a tough situation that it is very difficult to get out of. If you fail your first round of midterms, you’ll have a very tough time pulling yourself out of that quagmire.


This word is pronounced im-pyoon. To impugn somebody is to call into question what somebody is saying. If I tell you that the SAT is a test filled with chemical formulas and physics equations, hopefully you’ll swiftly impugn this claim.


This has nothing to do with wooly quadrupeds (that’s a word meaning four-legged animal). To lambaste somebody is to scold them severely. You know, to give them a tongue lashing. Think of the gym teacher who calls you a worthless shrimp when you are unable to do more than five push-ups.

About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 8 million views.

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