Friday, August 31, 2012

Vocabulary Challenge (#1)

According to there are 100 words every high school graduate should know.  I've been out of school for over a decade now, so I thought I'd challenge myself and see how much I managed to retain.  I'll start out with 10, and follow-up on this post again.

Do you know the definitions of the following words :

  1) Abjure
  2) Abrogate
  3) Abstemious
  4) Acumen
  5) Antebellum
  6) Auspicious
  7) Belie
  8) Bellicose
  9) Bowdlerize
10) Chicanery

I admit, I'm a bit embarrassed... I call myself a writer and yet a few of these words I've never heard before and a few I recognize but have no idea what the definition is!! 
What about you?


  1. Hmmm. The first three I could probably figure out in context but not off the top of my head. The last seven I know.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog Danica. I left you an answer to your question about growing your blog.

    Have a great day!

  2. Oh goodness.... I need to start reading the dictionary!

  3. Hmm, I don't know all of them... I could probably figure them out in context, but still, I am a bit disappointed in myself... Interesting to think about still (and soon to check a dictionary)!

  4. I'll try and post the next 10 soon! :) Danica

  5. the post. Never even heard of most of those words much less define them!
    I found your blog on a hop. I like. My blog is similar. Now following, and I'll be back!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, I'll be sure to pop over to your blog also! :) Danica