Ebullient… Lugubrious… What?

Lately, I’ve been preparing for the Graduate Record Examinations, otherwise known as the GRE. It’s a compulsory entrance exam for those intending to do graduate studies in a university in the United States.

A friend of mine recommended that I use “GRE for Dummies.”

And so I did!

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Anyway, what took me by surprise was the number of long bombastic words that I’ve never encountered in my entire life!

How many of these words do you know?
How many of these words do you know?

Let me list several bombastic words. How many of these do you know?

  • Lugubrious
  • Ebullient
  • Lampoon
  • Effrontery
  • Taciturnity
  • Egregious
  • Solecism
  • Abstemious
  • Mealy-mouth
  • Morose
  • Indigent
  • Gregarious
  • Aver
  • Erudite
  • Truculent
  • Churl
  • Curmudgeon
  • Garrulous
  • Recondite
  • Superciliousness

Oh wow… Is this even English? I’ve never encountered these words in my entire life! I suddenly don’t feel so confident in my command of the English language. I thought that having done Philosophy, I would be familiar with the most esoteric words in the English language! Well, apparently not.

Who uses these words?

Well, according to some of my friends, Charles Dickens used them in his stories. Well, that explains it! I never read the works of Charles Dickens. Maybe I should. I’ll probably be a master of Scrabble after this experience!

Anyway, just to spare you the trouble of finding the definition of those words, here’s the meaning of those words (let’s learn English together!):

  • Lugubrious (sad/dismal)
  • Ebullient (cheerful)
  • Lampoon (to publicly criticise by means of ridicule or sarcasm)
  • Effrontery (imprudent behaviour)
  • Taciturnity (silent)
  • Egregious (outstandingly bad/shocking)
  • Solecism (a blunder in speech)
  • Abstemious (not self-indulgent)
  • Mealy-mouth (to avoid the use of direct and plain language)
  • Morose (sullen/gloomy)
  • Indigent (poor)
  • Gregarious (sociable)
  • Aver (to declare)
  • Erudite (having or showing great knowledge or learning)
  • Truculent (eager or quick to argue or fight)
  • Churl (a rude person)
  • Curmudgeon (a bad-tempered person)
  • Garrulous (excessively talkative)
  • Recondite (not easily understood/abstruse)
  • Superciliousness (condescending/displaying arrogance by patronising those considered inferior)

Haha… There you go! Your vocabulary has increased by twenty words! Now, you can use these words in Scrabble and win!

Now, let’s have some fun using them all in a paragraph! (Heeehee… I wrote it myself!)

There was once a man who used to be ebullient and gregarious. He was never a churl, but he was garrulous and mealy-mouthed, and his words were recondite. However, the erudite people around him were quite supercilious and thought of his words to be nothing more than egregious solecisms, and thus they lampooned him. This man nonetheless continued with his effrontery to the point that he lost his job. He grew indigent and eventually became lugubrious by the series of unhappy events. His morose taught him to be abstemious in speech and to learn the qualities of taciturnity. But it was too late, for he had transformed into a truculent person. And so anyone who encountered this man would aver: This man was a curmudgeon!

Haha! Did you understand what was going on? If you did, congratulations! You deserve a PhD! Or rather, you deserve to pass the GRE! Now, go sign up and take the test! What are you waiting for? =p

Ok, enough tomfoolery (WOAH! Another bombastic word!). I should get back to preparing for the exam!