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I still answer SAT questions when they pop up on some sites I visit, just as a brain maintenance task. Anyhow, here: Insiders-Essential-Critical-Reading-Vocabulary 500 SAT words has a 'Look Inside' feature enabled, so you can see the words by chapter in the table of contents. They are worth noting for posting, too. The first chapter has 20, so try dipping your toe into the intro and write 5 down to remember. I put post-it notes up for words I want to remember but that's just me. A note in the bathroom or by the front door forces me to recall it. I did the same for math basics for my daughters, kind of like flash cards, until they got it.

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Here's the top 10

Aesthetic
conventional
mitigate
pragmatic
altruistic
diffident
frank
revere
subtle
reticent

diffident: bashful, modest, reserved, or get this, reticent

Aesthetic was #1, and it shows of or appreciation of beauty, tasteful -I think it is on the endangered adjective list, it is too feminine for today's America. One cannot compliment, only insult.

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next 10: antithetical
prescient
nostalgia
beguile
ominous
succinct
discerning
belie- contradict, fail to confirm (do not confuse with belle-a beautiful woman)
anomaly
peremptory- an order or command that does not allow discussion or refusal; Any statement from a bible uttered by an evangelical is peremptory

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These are new lists to improve your vocabulary but in a game format. 11-fun-word-lists-drill-your-vocabulary

1. WORDS FROM SHAKESPEAREAN INSULTS

Knave, sere, dissembling, scorn…cut down your rivals with Elizabethan flair.

2. WORDS FOR FRUSTRATING SITUATIONS

Vex, dumbfound, stupefy, perplex…develop a more engaging way to describe your bad day.

3. WORDS FROM '70S SONGS

If your example sentences come from The Clash (feckless), Warren Zevon (fray), or Stevie Wonder (dissipate), you might remember them better.

4. WORDS FOR WAYS OF WALKING

There are so many ways to get around. Do you amble, careen, falter, somnambulate…?

5. WORDS FROM LATIN CADERE, TO FALL

A bunch of lists are organized around words that relate to a particular Latin root. Can you see how falling relates to casualty, deciduous, and catapult? It might help you learn them.

6. WORDS WITH PREFIX CON- (TOGETHER)

Grouping words with the same prefix can also help them stick. Look for the togetherness in concerted, conciliatory, concurrently…

7. WORDS RELATED TO MINECRAFT

Can’t get your 8-year-old to study? Try example sentences like this one, for “access”: “A portal is the only way to access the Nether and its contents.”

8. WORDS FROM DIALOGUE WRITTEN BY HAROLD RAMIS

Or maybe you’ve got a Ghostbusters fan who would do better with movie quotes from Harold Ramis. Rational: “Sorry, Venkman. I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.”

9. WORDS FROM STEPHEN SONDHEIM LYRICS

You can get a lot out of the Sondheim songbook: précis, abstention, apse…

10. WORDS FOR WRITING ABOUT CHEESE

They picked out the good ones from a New York Times article about cheese: rustic, earthy, dulcet…

11. WORDS PIRATES MIGHT LIKE TO SAY

At first it’s not clear what these words have to do with pirates. Arbitrary? Artichoke? Then you realize they are words pirates might like to say. Focus on that first syllable. Draw it out a little. Draw it out a little more—now you’re ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

This is the kind of stuff a school might benefit from to let the kids know that adults still try to learn and it can be fun. Playing a game is not homework. I almost posted this on the 'Can stupid people learn?'thread, this is less confrontational. I think one could make up your own, and make it a parlor game or drinking game. Go around the circle with each person in the circle saying a word that ends with two 'Es'. Monkee counts, Mickey Dolenz was a Monkee. tee shirts or golf tee, pee counts too as does wee, men pee women wee. Gee, you see I could think of more if I had more free time. I suppose a committee could judge them for a fee. Leg bone connected to the... anyhow make of it what you will, douglaslee

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I changed the title for the last post, then thought another list may work for words ending in ay like the 2 in the title. It might not pay to make hay today but what if sounds like ay were allowed like entree (which fits the list in the last post) or Nanette Fabaret, okay?

Oh, a pirate word- Arboratum near the Arc de Triomphe

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Arabic words...
Marhaba: Hello
Salaam: Peace
Alaykum: Upon You
Saddiqi: My Friend
Sayyara: Car
Sandooq: Box
Maida: Table
Kursi: Chair
Tafadal: Please
Shukran: Thanks

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anthropomorphic
quixotic
sesquipedalian
prosthetic
prophetic
splenetic
omniglot
polyglot
ringofsnot..just kidding!
sinecure
corporeal

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portage
chortle
meander
cellar door (ok, that's two words)*
never more (What's Poe got to do with Kelly, anyway?)*
salubrious
lugubrious
salacious
unctuous
compunctuous
spizzerinctum
sententious

*Cellar Door...from Donny Darko movie..screenplay by Richard Kelly

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I bet you've got a lot of Swedish words. I'd love to hear (read?) them.

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I'm a good cook, in Swedish it's kock pronounced like cock. When I met my wife's sister for the first time she said "I hear you're a big kock" I knew she meant cook, but I heard cock, so I said "yes thanks" but didn't say "I'll have to show you sometime".

tuttar is the pacifier for kids but it is also tit as in breast. My kid had just thrown her tuttar out when I was walking through the campground a block over from our house. I had a spare but when I got home I couldn't find it either. So, I went back to the path I had just been with the pram looking in the grass and dirt road when some campers saw me and asked what was going on "Jag ar titta fer per om" then broke out laughing as I had just said 'I am looking for a pair of' next word tits or in Swedish tuttar. These were young guys and I thought as I walked home snickering whether they would've known which pair I was looking for. Tits? "Aren't we all" would be a likely response.

Six is sex in Swedish pronounced as it looks. At the bakery "Jag behöva sex" I need six buns or rolls, but it sounds like I need sex, and I thank the girl that gives me sex (buns). I really only need four but I like to pay for sex (remember it's six) and not be frowned upon.

Gift is poison, but gift is also married, the first is a noun, the latter an adjective. Jag ar gift- I am married; det ar gift-that is poison. Hon ar gift- she is poison or she is married, maybe it's good to not know which, if you are married there may not be a difference.

Now for a Palindrome- Madam I'm Adam; Madam is a Palindrome word, the whole is a palindrome sentence, and there are many palindromes. In the link there is a palindrome poem that is line mirrored. The fist line is the last line and front to back or back to front they meet in the middle at 'night after night'. 'Tis titled Doppelganger.

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/ more words/palindromes. and palingrams

  • I roamed under it as a tired, nude Maori.
  • Laminated E.T. animal.
  • Lay a wallaby baby ball away, Al.
  • Lepers repel.
  • Let O'Hara gain an inn in a Niagara hotel.
  • Live not on evil.
  • Lived on Decaf; faced no Devil.
  • Lonely Tylenol.
  • Ma is a nun, as I am.
  • Ma is as selfless as I am.
  • Madam, I'm Adam.
  • Madam in Eden, I'm Adam.
  • Marge lets Norah see Sharon's telegram.
  • May a moody baby doom a yam.
  • Meet animals; laminate 'em.
  • Mr. Owl ate my metal worm.
  • Murder for a jar of red rum.
  • Never odd or even.
  • No, Mel Gibson is a casino's big lemon.
  • No cab, no tuna nut on bacon.
  • No lemon, no melon.
  • No sir -- away! A papaya war is on.
  • On a clover, if alive, erupts a vast, pure evil; a fire volcano.
  • Party boobytrap.
  • Poor Dan is in a droop.
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For your ring of snot, I came up with one I like and kids would like it too, because they like gross things*. Two words, mucous and mucus sound the same, the former is an adjective the latter a noun so

mucous is not snot mucus is snot**

If you say it fast only someone that has read it knows what you're saying. 3 snots out of 2 snots might mean you need a decongestant or not.

*Zenzoe knows what I'm talking about.

**, in addition 'one is snot and one is not' and you're approaching an Abbot and Costello bit.

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15-words-are-way-more-interesting-they-seem, they each have unique characteristics.

11. QUADRUPLICATIONS

Meaning “multiplications by four,” the word quadruplications contains, among others, the eight letters N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, and U inside it. No English word is spelled used a longer string of consecutive letters.

8 consecutive letters in the same word. Almost a third of the alphabet in sequence in one word

13. TYPEWRITER

Appropriately enough, the 10-letter word typewriter is one of the longest words that can be spelled using just the top row of letters on a qwerty keyboard; some of the others include peppertree, perpetuity, proprietor, repertoire and typewrote. If hyphens are allowed, however, the longest qwerty word is probably teeter-totter.

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Tack! Tack så mycket!

Ett språk är aldrig nog.

You had me in stitches, douglaslee, #10.:-)

One word in Arabic could easily be misinterpreted:
فكّر - يفكّر fakkar and yufakkiru (fucker and you fucker ew (you?) ) -it means to think. It sounds more like the real thing in English when spoken. And that's not very gneiss, is it?

Also, the Arabic word for Stop (like on a stop sign) is Qaf...and when spoken backwards could easily be "fuck".

I found a good youtube site that teaches basic Svenska.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcx0q0zRsoDhdcYt27n48nA

By the way, thanks for all of those palindromes and palingrams. Since I have been learning and can read Arabic script, the language is written and read from right to left, reading those palindromes and palingrams backwards is easy. I can read a book, in English, when it is held upside down and backwards. Now if I can only read lips and thoughts...;-}

English words spoken backwards and recorded then played in reverse produces a very eerie and, perhaps, satanic (whatever that is) effect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TxmGS9Yjbw

Same scene played backwards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lopDQDYyO7w

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this has been a fun post/thread, olive juice to everyone!

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