Alabama is not known for its high educational standards. Considering how Alabama only recently upped the skill level on its High School Exit Exam from 8th to 11th grade, it’s amazing I was ever accepted into a good college. (However, I did go to the mock test and am sad to say I would probably not pass the math portion at this time. Stupid Algebra.)Then I find this—The 100 Words Every High School Student Should Know (according to the American Heritage Dictionary, at least.)
Yeah, right. Trust me, I’ve taught A LOT of Freshman Comp classes. I’ve never met an 18-year-old with this vocabulary. While I can say that I’ve least seen these words before, there are a couple that I’d want to look up before I committed myself to a sentence containing them. (But, then, I am a product of the Alabama Public School System, even if I did pass the Graduation Exam the first time I took it—in 10th grade, mind you.) Anyway, while I think this is an impressive list of words, there's a lot of basic vocabulary I'd rather have 18-year-olds understand instead of some of the more unusual ones on this list.