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GRE Article of the Month – October 2013

A Philosophy of Tickling
By Aaron Schuster for Cabinet Magazine

This month’s article comes from Cabinet Magazine and is rather peculiar — it elevates the discussion of something my 2-year old “gets” to the rarefied realm of academic prose. The article is about tickling — why we do it, and how it relates to the very essence of humor. The reading is relatively tough going. Many old texts are excerpted, and there are such unwieldy constructions as paleohumorological (don’t worry, it’s not a GRE word. Indeed, it’s not even a word!)

Read for the author’s general point and these GRE vocabulary words:

  • Concomitant
  • Equivocal
  • Evasive
  • Contravene
  • Expound
  • Benign
  • Temporal
  • Proverbial
  • Paroxysms
  • Ingenuous
  • Mimesis/mimetic
  • Precarious


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4 Responses to GRE Article of the Month – October 2013

  1. rat December 12, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your article recommendations. I am using Magoosh premium plan and with that my prep is going smoothly.

    I am an engineer. I am having facing trouble with non-science passages as I was never a reader of that kind. Articles esp. from economics give me quite a tough time. I tried reading Economist. But, most of them use abstruse terminologies. Can you provide me a better place to read such passages?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele December 12, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Rat,

      Sure! I know what you mean. Many of the Economist’s more econ-centric articles are laden with “Econ 102” terms that I don’t have a firm grasp of myself.

      For more general, less technical jargon-y articles–articles that are non-science mostly–both the New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly features are a good place to start.

      Let me know how that goes :).

  2. JingXiao November 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi, Chris
    First, thank for your recommended passage. However, I suggest you write a review about the passage recommended monthly so that we can have a better understanding. You know these passage isn’t easy to fully understand. We would appreciate if you do so.

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele November 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Hi JingXiao,

      Yes, this article is quite tricky! I will definitely include a summary and an analysis for the next one :).

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