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100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know [Paperback]

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May 5, 2003 0618374124 978-0618374120 English Language
What should the vocabulary of a well-rounded high school graduate be like? These 100 words provide the starting point in answering that question. The list is representative of the words that serious students will encounter in their coursework and will come to use as adults, whether in conversation or while reading the daily newspaper. Each word is fully defined and shown in context with example sentences from well-known authors. 100 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know is a must-have for every grad, perfect for building vocabulary, quizzing friends and family — and just having fun.

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The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries are a team of professional lexicographers with advanced degrees in various scholarly fields. The editors familiarize themselves with the vocabulary in specific subject areas, collect materials on new developments and usage, and work with expert consultants to ensure that the content of our publications is as accurate and as up-to-date as possible.

Product Details

  • Series: 100 Words
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; English Language edition (May 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618374124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618374120
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I was strolling through my local bookstore and spotted this title in the reference section, begging to be picked up and thumbed through. I really wanted to check my vocabulary with that of a respectable high school senior.

It was eye-opening to say the least. The last time I was in a conventional classroom was upon receiving my bachelor's degree twenty years ago..... and I wondered if I had been adequately introduced to these words then... or not?

(It reminds me of the line Tom Hanks speaks in "Sleepless in Seattle" - "I don't even want to think about what they are not teaching you in school.")

I knew some words well - like oligarchy and usurp and feckless. I patted myself on the back in that moment.

I had been able to sort of "get" inculcate (to impress upon the mind of another by frequent instruction) but on the other hand, I had no idea what nanotechnology meant nor did I know much about the word "evanescent" except for some songs made popular by a band called "Evanescence" which I now can tell you means "vanishing like vapors."

The book includes an occasional quote from thinkers and writers which incorporates the word being stressed. My favorites included Willa Cather and Thomas Hobbes.

I noticed from visiting here at Amazon there is also a version of this book for college freshmen. I think my seventh grade daughter and I will start with that volume (a word a day) and work up to this one.

Not only was it educational, it was enjoyable - a significant combination.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 100 Words Smarter March 12, 2006
By L. Nye
This book is easy to read and made it fun to learn new words. My 17-year-old son has added significantly to his vocabulary. There are some words that I am not sure I would have included in the list of 100, but regardless, it's a worthy investment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenge July 30, 2007
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My wife and I have nine children (all our own creations) and the 12th grandchild is almost here. It's fair to say we therefore have a reasonably comprehensive experience of education up to and including tertiary level.
Words are creative things and the beauty of this book is in the challenges it fosters in those who browse its pages. You see a word which sinks into your psyche before re-emerging at an appropriate time. This may seem obvious, but it is not if you are not exposed to words and the chellenges they create.
We purchased it for a 10-year-old grandchild who showed it to his mother who then drew it to the attention of his teachers at school. The ultimate beneficiary of our purchase will be the other students at his because the teachers' eyes were opened to the fact a 10-year-old may be leaving them behind!
Much appreciation to the editors.
Michael Allan
41 Tauranga Bay
Westport 7892
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I disagree November 1, 2006
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3 1/2 stars really. A very well done book, but the choice of words seems all wrong. How about more words you will actually use? I love the pronunciation guides, the definitions, the quotes, but not the actual choice of words. I mean seriously, "antebellum, bowdlerize, expurgate, moiety, and orthography." I am a college-educated adult who has been in book clubs and who tutors all ages children and I never see or use a lot of the words in this book. What use would an 18 year old have for them?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept -- odd words February 27, 2008
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I've been using this book to review vocbulary and spelling with my high school creative writing classes. It's a terrific concept but the word choice is a bit odd. As a college grad and professional author, I have rarely needed to know words like BAWDLERIZE or QUOTIDIAN.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful little book February 5, 2011
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I am using this book with students in a developmental English class to develop vocabulary. I use it with a strategy for remembering new vocabulary called LINCS. This strategy uses a reminding word, story, and picture to link the new word and its meaning. The students have enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful May 3, 2014
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We used this for homeschool, and it teaches words that you wouldn't usually think of teaching middle or high school kids
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