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GRE Vocab Wednesday: 5 Words You Have to Know

Often I have some overarching theme linking the words. This week, the overarching theme is simply high-frequency GRE vocabulary. So make sure you learn these before test day. Inviolate The Constitution, the American flag, George Washington—to many Americans, these three things are inviolate: they are sacred and must be safeguarded against injustice. For those who […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Vocab”U”lary Wednesday

Every now and then I’ll thread in a letter-themed Vocab Wednesday. “U” guessed! This week will feature the letter “u”. This is by no means an exhaustive list of “u” words. Other “u” words, such as umbrage, undermine, and upbraid have already made it into previous Vocab Wednesdays, so I wanted to make sure I […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Standing Out

Not that you’d want to, but you can stand out pretty easily. Beat your chest and scream; don a muster yellow sweater and pink sunglasses; or bring an audience to its collective feet with a rousing rendition of Elvis (okay, that one isn’t necessarily easy). Below are words that capture the range of ways in […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Fallen Through the Cracks

None of the words below are actually related to falling and fissures in the ground. Indeed, the words aren’t really related at all, as is typical with the words from other Vocabulary Wednesdays. The words below are simply common GRE words that just never made it on to the Vocab Wednesday list. Besotted To be […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Pirate Words

(Words beginning with ‘R’) It seems fashionable to water down a pirate’s speech to a mere, but aggressive, trilling of the tongue—Rrrr. In honor of pirates, I’ve chosen words that begin with ‘R’, and words that could reasonably be applied to pirates. Ribald Bawdy and vulgar, making light of prurient matters is the essence of […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Ten Dollar Words

Many GRE vocabulary words are unassuming-looking, small syllabic blips that leave faintly a trace (cede, contend, aver). Then there are GRE words that are giant agglutinations of syllables that, when you to try to pronounce them, put your tongue in a knot. Unlike short words, these “ten dollar words”, or long impressive-sounding words, have one […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Santa vs The Grinch

Yes, it is that time of the year, in which Christmas carols are ubiquitous, public trees are festooned in lights, and the shops are filled with customers looking for a bargain. Whether you embrace the holidays with the jollity of Santa or shun it with the vitriol of the Grinch. The Grinch, for those who […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Common Courtesies

In life, we’ve all encountered a person who is unfailingly polite, always saying the right thing at the right time. We’ve also met that person’s opposite: someone who is cantankerous or simply goes out of his or her way to flout common courtesy. So whether you are polished and tactful, or rude and ill-mannered, there […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Return of the Commonly Confusable Words

Once again, it’s time for a recurring segment of Vocab Wednesday: commonly confusable words. Which of course isn’t quite the same as commonly confused words, which features words that look/sound different than their actual definition (also an important category!). The category of commonly confusable words deals with pairs of words that look awfully similar—such as […]

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GRE Vocab Wednesday: There’s A Word For That!

English, as I’m sure you’re becoming very well aware, has a plethora of words for such a range of things that you might often times find yourself surprised, thinking something like, wait, there’s not a word for when you are thinking of someone you haven’t seen in a long time and suddenly you get news […]

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