Quiz: Only 1 in 15 People Can Correctly Use These Hard Words in a Sentence. Can You?
Only 1 in 15 People Can Correctly Use These Hard Words in a Sentence. Can You?
By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Do you have a coruscant vocabulary? The English language is tricky and notoriously hard to learn for those who did not grow up with it. It has more exceptions than rules, and possibly even a larger vocabulary than any other language. It's jam-packed with words old and new from all sorts of sources. These roots include Latin, Greek, Russian, French and even some that are Shakespearean. As a massive linguistic mutt, English is packed with words from around the globe.   

However, the average English speaker encounters and understands only a small number of these words. It's estimated that over 30 million adults in the U.S. are functionally illiterate. Reading improves the vocabulary, but it's thought that about a third of high school graduates never pick up another book again after graduation. Among those who have graduated from college, this number is even higher. Over 40% of college graduates never pick up another book after obtaining their degree.   

Think you have what it takes to take on English's most arcane words? If you are an expert English speaker with a stellar handle on the language's many weird and wonderful quirks, see if you can talk your way through this quiz! 

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