Take the Internet. We all use it, even those living under a rock—given there’s wi-fi. But just how often do you use it? 12 hours a day (addict!), 6 hours a day (I know you’re out there), 2 hours (hopefully, that doesn’t scream deprivation)? Well, the English language has word that describe how often something happens, words that also show up on the SAT a lot, dare I say sporadically.
Not knowing these words is like showing up without armor to a jousting competition—you’re going to get owned. So before you go to bed tonight, make sure you can rattle of the definitions to the following words (it’ll help if you can also rattle them off upon waking).
The SAT College Board website has a question of the day function. Basically, you can do an SAT question each day, one that was written by the test creators and one that isn’t currently in any other resources. Talk about fresh off the press! (Okay, it’s actually not that cool). The words below were […]
Using SAT words can make you sound a whole lot smarter as long as you don’t either overuse them or incorrectly use them (you don’t want to come across as either pompous or clueless). Here are four SAT words that, when properly used, will not only make you sound smarter but also relate to […]
Nonchalant This word comes from the French meaning “not concerned”. Therefore, remember to pronounce it the way you would a French word (nan-sha-lahnt). If I tell you this word is a high-frequency word on the SAT and your reaction is a shoulder shrug, then you are being nonchalant: you are expressing a lack of […]
Eponyms are cool words because they are actually derived from the name of a real person who once lived. Say you become remembered for one special thing and then your name becomes synonymous with things. For instance, my last name is Lele and I like to define SAT words. So if I get “eponym-ized”, […]
Oh roots! I can’t bear you. Speaking of which, ‘fer’ means to ‘bear’ as in to “bring or carry”. Like many roots that is only going to get you so far—implying not very far at all. So it’s better to just learn the words, thereby taking the fear out of ‘fer’. Infer Let’s […]
The SAT abounds with “Ex-“ words. It’s easy to get them mixed up, so pay careful attention! Exemplar This word sounds like example, which is helpful considering this word means the typical or perfect example of something. So if somebody is an exemplar you want to make sure you follow their example. […]
As some of you — okay, all of you! — may have heard, Zayn Malik is “stepping down” as one of the premier (or, the premier, depending on whom you ask) members of One Direction. No one really knows why, or what Zayn plans to do in the wake of his mega stardom, but really […]
It’s springtime! Whether that means you want to exercise your green thumb (your penchant for gardening) or that the hills around you turn a luxuriant green, sending pollens and spores wafting in the hair towards your hapless sinuses, springtime has a distinct meaning for you. Proliferate To grow and multiply rapidly is to proliferate. […]