Saturday, June 12, 2010

WHAT ARE THE 50 WORDS THAT STUMP READERS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES THE MOST?

Here is the list of the 50 apparently difficult words from the New York Times ~ see whether you can single out the non-existent words, & of course, also check out how many of the words you know:

1 inchoate
2 profligacy
3 sui generis
4 austerity
5 profligate
6 baldenfreude
7 opprobrium
8 apostates
9 solipsistic
10 obduracy
11 Internecine
12 soporific
13 Kristallnacht
14 peripatetic
15 nascent
16 desultory
17 redoubtable
18 hubris
19 mirabile dictu
20 crèches
21 apoplectic
22 overhaul
23 ersatz
24 obstreperous
25 jejune
26 omertà
27 putative
28 Manichean
29 canard
30 ubiquitous
31 atavistic
32 renminbi
33 sanguine
34 antediluvian
35 cynosure
36 alacrity
37 epistemic
38 egregious
39 incendiary
40 chimera
41 laconic
42 polemicist
43 comity
44 provenance
45 sclerotic
46 prescient
47 hegemony
48 verisimilitude
49 feckless
50 démarche

To be frank, I only know precisely about half a dozen of the words listed. In the next blogpost, I will share with readers about my dictionary exploration.

[Source: New York Times Web Analytics Group: Most Frequently Looked-up Words on NYTimes.com, with Date Range: 1/1/2010 through 5/26/2010;]

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