Don't You Subjugate My Jejuneness

Don't You Subjugate My Jejuneness

Hayley Shoemaker
2 min read
The American Heritage Dictionary thinks you are a feebleminded simpleton.
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If you have a high school degree, then the American Heritage Dictionary thinks you need to know these 100 words. The list ranges from words like impeach (ooo! I know that one!) to tougher ones like lugubrious .

But, come on, does a person
really need to know all these words? How often do you use supercilious in a sentence when you could just say arrogant ? Or quotidian instead of daily ? I’ll admit, they may be advantageous to know for reading or writing, but that’s what the dictionary/thesaurus widget is for, right?

The senior editor of the American Heritage Dictionary says, "If you are able to use these words correctly, you are likely to have a superior command of the language." Well, I flat out disagree with that. It doesn’t seem appropriate to say you have a "superior command of the language" when a good percentage of your listeners would likely have no clue what you’re talking about if you said, "My quotidian life keeps me quite sanguine."

Mr. Senior Editor, I only have one thing to say to you: It seems churlish of you not to consider bowdlerizing your lexicon due to its chicanery. Take that.
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