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GRE Vocab Wednesdays | Darkness Descends

Ah yes, autumn. Leaves erupt in dozens of hues, the air is fringed with a chilly bite, and the endless light of summer evenings gives way to darkness. (Please disregard the preceding sentence if you live south of the equator). In honor of Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, and Carpo, the Horae of […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesdays | Fiery Deb”-ate” Verbs

  Over the next month, Americans are going to be fixed on the television, watching the three scheduled debates between Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Trump, known for his aggressive swagger and tendency to speak over the moderators, is likely going to go after Hillary, who is known for her sangfroid […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: “Tricky Words”

Many words in English carry a connotation somewhere between playfully sneaky and downright deceptive. To help you avoid mistakes on the GRE, here are just a few such tricky words I had up my GRE sleeve! Artifice A misleading word, since we tend to think of “art” as honest and pure, rendering the world in […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: “Mmmm” Words

There are myriad ‘M’ words that you’ll learn as you start studying for the GRE. From maudlin to mellifluous, multifaceted to myrmidon (the last of these words I define below). Sadly, I’m limited here, but for ‘M’ words on a past Vocabulary Wednesday, google “Dial ‘M’ for Vocabulary”. Mountebank The mountebank took advantage of the […]

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Vocabulary Wednesday – ‘G’reat ‘G’re Words

Words that begin with ‘G’. Not the most exciting theme, understandably. But these words are worth knowing. Gauche If you’ve always thought there’s something a little off with “lefties”, you might like this word. From the French for ‘left’, gauche means clumsy and socially awkward. The connotation here is that ‘left’ is awkward (not quite […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Sentence Equivalence from Magoosh Part II

I pecked around our copious Sentence Equivalence questions and noticed quite a few good words that have never been featured on Vocab Wednesday, or at least haven’t been featured for many years (yes, I’ve been doing this for quite awhile now!) I encountered more such words than I expected, so I made this a two […]

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