Only 1 in 15 People Can Correctly Use These Hard Words in a Sentence. Can You?

EDUCATION

Isadora Teich

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Glacial

Glacial is related to glaciers, ice, and cold temperatures. It can also be used to describe a cold or unfriendly personality.

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Aspire

To aspire is to hope to achieve a goal. This word has Latin roots.

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Lollygag

To lollygag is to waste time aimlessly. It is often associated with being lazy.

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Docile

If a person or animal is docile, they are submissive and easily accept instruction. It has Latin roots.

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Omnivore

An omnivore eats everything. This includes both animals and plants.

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Schism

A schism takes place when a group splits, due to differences in opinion and belief. It comes from a Greek word meaning "to split."

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Nonchalant

Someone who is nonchalant is cool and collected. The word has French roots.

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Melancholy

Melancholy is a feeling of thoughtful sadness that doesn't have a cause. It comes from Greek.

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Fortnight

A fortnight is a period of two weeks. This British word has become less popular over the past two hundred years.

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Deign

To deign is to do something that a person considers beneath them to do. The word has Latin roots.

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Flummox

To flummox a person means to confuse them badly. This word comes from U.K. dialects of English.

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Snakebitten

Someone who is snakebitten is perpetually unlucky. It might even be said that they are doomed to misfortune.

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Vomitous

Something vomitous is repulsive. It can be so repulsive that it makes you feel physically ill.

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Bruxism

Bruxism is involuntary tooth grinding. It can be an indication of stress or certain medical conditions.

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Evanescent

Something that is evanescent is soon forgotten or fades quickly. The word is also used in physics.

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Decorum

Decorum is behavior that is acceptable for the circumstances. The word has Latin roots.

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Clandestine

Something clandestine is done secretly, often because it is not allowed by law or common custom. It has Latin roots.

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Lax

If someone is lax they are not being sufficiently strict in enforcing rules. It can also mean that someone is careless or negligent.

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Cerulean

Cerulean is a color. It is a deep and vivid sky blue.

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Jaunty

Someone who is jaunty has a cheerful and self-confidant disposition. This word has French roots.

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Omnipotent

Omnipotent is a word used to describe someone or something with limitless power and authority. It is usually used to describe deities.

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Protagonist

The protagonist is the main character in any work of fiction. This can be a novel, play, film, comic or TV show.

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Uniped

The word uniped describes a person or animal with only one leg. It is uncommon.

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Desultory

Desultory is an adjective used to describe something which lacks enthusiasm or purpose. It has Latin roots.

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Collywobbles

This word refers to a weird feeling in your stomach or a bellyache. It comes from the Latin phrase cholera morbus, meaning it shares dark roots with cholera.

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Cacophony

A cacophony is a terrible mix of loud and horrible sounds. This word comes from Greek and entered English in the mid-1600s.

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Argute

Argute is an adjective. It means shrewd.

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Curmudgeon

If someone is a curmudgeon, they are grumpy and have a bad temper. This word dates back to at least the 16th century.

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Illicit

Illicit is an adjective. It describes something forbidden by rules, laws or customs.

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Panacea

A panacea is a universal cure for all problems. It can also refer to a cure for all disease.

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Anachronism

An anachronism describes something which does not belong to the time period it appears in. For example, being able to see an actor's digital watch in a film about the Middle Ages is an anachronism.

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Ouroboros

The ouroboros is an old symbol of infinity. It is often depicted as a snake or dragon eating its own tail.

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Xertz

To xertz is to gulp something down quickly and greedily. This is an ideal scrabble word.

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Degust

The word "degust" involves food and drink. It means to eat and drink with a lot of care, in order to savor and fully appreciate a meal.

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Opsimath

An opsimath is a person who begins to learn or study later in life. This can be related to any topic or skill.

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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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