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100 Words College Students Should Know

Who doesn’t like a list? Ever so often, I run across really interesting lists of things that I want to share. This time it is a list of top 100 words every high school graduate should know.  This list of 100 words is compiled by the American Heritage® dictionaries.

Although this is supposed to be for high school graduates, I believe that these are words college students should know too.  The fact is, there are many many words on the list that I didn’t know myself.  So maybe they are not just for high school or college students.  It appears the list could benefit all of us.

“The words we suggest,” says senior editor Steven Kleinedler, “are not meant to be exhaustive but are a benchmark against which graduates and their parents can measure themselves. If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language.”

Here are the top 10 on the list. How many do you know? How many would you like to add to your vocab?  Check out the full list here.  Remove the ones you know and develop a strategy to learn the others. Maybe one per day?

Words College Students Should Know

-abjure
-abrogate
-abstemious
-acumen
-antebellum
-auspicious
-belie
-bellicose
-bowdlerize
-chicanery

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