Strange Brouhaha

Thursday, May 31, 2007

These are some lame-ass words, Clyde

This has been in the news a bit, but here's some guy's list of 100 words every high school graduate should know. (Okay, not "some guy," but the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary.) I'm all for words, and in fact I know most of these, but... who would use "moiety" in daily speech? And it's not just "moiety." A lot of these words are just big words for big words' sake.

My biggest complaint? Why in the name of God is "ziggurat" on this list? Are we really that likely to run into some Assyrians who want to go to church?

All in all... this list is a waste of time.


  • Perhaps the first goal should be to have every high schooler be able to read, not just use words they'll never use.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:06 PM  

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