Words to Learn, Part 1


We love retweeting Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Day” tweets. But for students who are preparing for the SAT or some other English-based exam, many of those words are too archaic or rare. In response to many requests from followers, we are going to collect the most practical words and post them here.

Here are the most useful words from Dictionary.com for May:

💁🏻 You’re probably going to ask for it, so here are example sentences for each word:

  • The new budget was submitted with the president’s imprimatur. ✅
  • The student’s superlative writing skills was fully evident in her essay. 👩🏻‍🎓✍🏻
  • Unable to resist temptation, the boy purloined the candy bar when nobody was looking. 👦🏻🍫
  • The minatory roar of the lion left us trembling. 🦁😱
  • The expert debater exposed and tore apart her opponent’s sophistry with ease.
  • Every morning, Henry rubs his slumberous eyes and wonders why he has to wake up so early.
  • The entire town rejoiced when the cantankerous mayor suddenly resigned and was replaced by a gregarious retired teacher.

Do You Know How to Use . . . an Ellipsis?

This is a topic that people think they know . . . until they have to actually put it into practice.

As an introduction, the “dot-dot-dot” (. . .) is known as an ellipsis. It is used primarily . . .

  1. to omit certain words or phrases from a quotation or citation
  2. to indicate a pause or break in the writer’s train of thought 👩‍💻💭

If you are using the ellipsis to omit words from the original sentence, make sure that you don’t change the meaning of the original sentence. For example,

In the following, we can see that in the correct usage, the original meaning of the sentence remains intact, whereas in the incorrect usage, the original meaning has warped into something sinister and pervy.

When it comes to using an ellipsis to indicate a pause or break in the writer’s thought, just don’t overdo it:

Extra facts:

  • The plural of “ellipsis” is ellipses.
  • If an ellipsis ends a sentence, you put an extra period at the end, i.e., four periods.