GRE Vocab Wednesday: Game of Thrones

For the last four years, many have been hooked on a T.V. show that features kings, knights, villains, heroes, and even a dwarf. Unless you’ve pulled a Thoreau and gone Walden those four years, you know exactly which show I’m talking about: Game of Thrones.

Based on the popular series of books by George Martin, the show is a staple of the water cooler discourse. But what probably doesn’t enter such conversations often is the fact that George Martin–and by extension the show–wields a pretty sizeable lexicon, as you’ll see below.



There are still those in the Seven Kingdoms who call me ‘usurper’…
–Robert Baratheon to Eddard Stark, Season 1

Robert’s Rebellion is also known as the War of the Usurper – though it is generally called this by Targaryen loyalists.

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Is that what you tell yourself at night? That you’re a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen’s back?
–Eddard Stark to Jaime Lannister, Season 1

Jaime Lannister is known as the kingslayer for committing regicide.


We’ve had vicious kings, and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t think we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!
–Tyrion Lannister, summarizing his nephew Joffrey Baratheon

Joffery Baratheon is a sadistic, spoiled child, and these traits are only exacerbated by his ascension to the crown.



He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.
–Daenerys Targaryen, about her brother, Viserys Targaryen, to Ser Jorah Mormont

Much of her life has been calamitous, but it has made her strong and prepared her for the long hard road ahead.


He would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes.
–Varys on Petyr Baelish, Season 1

Popularly known as Littlefinger, Petyr Baelish, betrays Eddard Stark and sides with the Lannisters, garnering him a reputation as a machinator.



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8 Responses to GRE Vocab Wednesday: Game of Thrones

  1. Shruti July 10, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Hi chris,
    I came across this article which says that the GRE scoring is dependent on the time it takes for you to successfully answer all the questions. For example. If you get all 40 correct in a 30 minute window you get a perfect 170 otherwise anytime beyond that means a lesser score despite the correct answers. That was a little disturbing to know and i really question the authenticity of this data. Do you know this to be true or false for certain?

  2. Guri Kejriwal July 14, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Hey Chris,
    Thanks for the interesting words. I must confess that I am addicted to Vocab Wednesday as grouping words is the best method to remember them.
    Can you please do a Vocab Wednesday on Suits or Sherlock?
    Thank You

  3. Dipansha June 28, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Hi Chris.
    First of all, I must say everyone at Magoosh has been doing a splendid job, I am a great fan.
    I lack on the verbal section a lot and the flashcards you people have provided have helped me greatly. I am definitely going to recommend Magoosh to all GRE test takers I come across.
    The thing is, I am a voracious reader. Instead of watching shows, you’ll usually find me reading the books they are based on, GOT being an example. In spite of this fact, I usually end up scoring very low when vocabulary comes into view. This happens usually because when I see words I don’t know, I usually comprehend the meaning to fit in the sentence and move on and end up forgetting the word soon. Sitting with a dictionary while reading and flipping through it every time a new word shows up just becomes so cumbersome and also hinders the flow of reading.
    Can you think of a way I can turn things to my advantage?
    (Secretly I’m hoping its just not me and this happens to a large number of readers!)

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Hi Dipansha,

      Actually, I think yours is a very common dilemma. After all, the enjoyment from reading comes from the uninterrupted flow–not a chit-chat with Webster every 30 seconds. One strategy you can use is to find a way to highlight words as you read. For instance, you can cut and paste a tough article into Word. As you read, bold the tough words. Then, at the end come back to them and see if you can figure out their meanings in context. Consult a dictionary (I recommend and turn those words into convenient online flashcards using

      Let me know how that goes 🙂

  4. Bhopesh Bassi June 26, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    Welcome to “Vocal Wednesday”, Kevin 🙂

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin June 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks! 😀

  5. Hashir June 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Hey Chris,

    So it is really happening, Game of Thrones Memes. Thanks a lot for this. Would make words more sticker to the memory. Seems like you still have to hit Season 2. Cheers

    • Chris Lele
      Chris Lele June 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it! I’m sure this won’t be the last Vocab. Wed. with Kevin :). As for season 2, we have to be careful not to give away any of the spoilers.

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