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Double Your GRE Vocabulary!

What if I told you that you could easily double your vocabulary in a matter of seconds? In fact, what if I told you that you could triple your vocabulary in the same amount of time? In either case, you would look at me incredulously, and treat me with the same contempt typically reserved for those annoying pop-up windows that promise the fountain of youth, all at a very low price.

But I promise, I’m no mountebank. Still don’t believe me? Well, look at the words below.

Churl

Encomiastic

Sedulity

Impenitent

Garrulity

Erroneous

Brevity

There is a very good chance that you’ve never seen any of the words above, exactly as they appear. Now, look below and see if the words look more familiar:

Churlish

Encomium

Sedulous

Garrulous

Penitent

Error

Brief


This time around, I converted each to a more familiar part of speech. While you may not be able to define each of the words above, you should definitely recognize them if you’ve been prepping for the GRE and/or visiting this blog in the last couple of months. In essence, you must often infer a word’s meaning based on a more infrequently used part of speech. Let’s try to do so with the following words:

Pugnacity

Obstinacy

Inclusion

Prolixity

Virility

Bombast


The more common parts of speech are:

Pugnacious

Obstinate

Include

Prolix

Virile

Bombastic

Not to sound bombastic, but just like that—you’ve doubled your vocabulary!

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