Words a 6th Grader Should Know
It’s hard to have a conversation with an adult who has a limited vocabulary. You scratch your head wondering what planet they grew up on. You don’t even expect them to use the words, but it would be nice if they at least understood the words that most of us consider basic knowledge. However, it’s much nicer to talk to ignorant kids than it is to talk to ignorant adults. With kids you can be a teacher and, being the sponges they are, they’ll eagerly soak up what you say. I found a book yesterday called 100 words a middle schooler should know (or something like that). Out of curiosity, and because my kids were handy, I asked them some of the words. They didn’t do so well. In fact, they got exactly one word correct out of the ones I selected, Dispel. That doesn’t worry me too much because my boys are young and still absorbing. But, upon further consideration, I wondered how actual middle schoolers would do if given the following word list. They are words that, according to the author, every middle schooler should know. Do you think middle schoolers know, or should know, these words?
For our Spanish readers, I’m afraid I cannot translate these words. Many of them don’t have one word translations, and even the ones that do translate are at a different academic level (either higher or lower) and may or may not be necessary words that kids should learn in a Spanish speaking country. These are words that English speaking kids should know. I’m sorry I failed you this time; my super loyal and much appreciate Spanish speakers!
50 of The Words:
Now, wouldn’t you like to know which words you, who hopefully graduated past middle school, should know? You’re in luck because I own a box of flashcards of the 2000 most common words given on the GRE and GMAT. Here are 101 of them that I picked at random:
enjoin, coffer, pristine, surly, ethereal, ingratiate, eulogy, droll, confluence, stasis, slake, torpor, proliferate, paragon, reconnoiter, inure, sardonic, lucid, abnegate, panegyric, pragmatic, implicate, chasm, lavish, connoisseur, fatuous, solecism, idiosyncrasy, metaphor, mortify, calumny, boor, cadge, emulate, sinuous, acidulous, malleable, incarnadine, numismatics, imperturbable, orotund, potentate, intrepid, sedentary, xenophobia, lissome, blithe, crescendo, recondite, levity, bolster, discern, hegemony, parley, jettison, vicarious, seraphic, itinerant, abdicate, pervade, iconoclast, blight, raconteur, dictum, meretricious, husband, talon, gesticulate, capitulate, nadir, quiescent, traipse, coalesce, intractable, bilk, catalyst, assail, cacophony, catharsis, apathy, frenetic, panache, stentorian, vituperate, efficacy, elegy, deride, ensconce, declivity, spurious, penury, lassitude, grievous, volatile, corporeal, canard, invidious, dogma, puerile, fanatical, disparate.
So? How’d it go?