Vaughan’s Vocabulary

Don Vaughan provides infrequently used words to strengthen your vocabulary.

Julia Tomiak, affectionately known as the Word Nerd, has a longtime favorite book, “Barron’s 1,100 Words You Need to Know.” Tomiak recalls her eighth-grade English teacher using “1,100 Words” as an effective learning tool. Every day Mrs. Giles taught five words and reviewed them every Friday.

Tomiak said, “I kept ‘1,100 Words’ through college, until the edges curled and the cover ripped. When my son entered middle school, I remembered the little gem of a resource and hoped I could find one. My ratty copy had somehow disappeared. Luckily, it’s still in print. I ordered four copies from Amazon, one for each child.”

Tomiak explained that the book is designed for you to read a paragraph with five vocabulary-building words in it each day. The meaning of each word is gleaned based on contextual clues. Matching and fill in the blank activities will test you on your understanding of the words. On day five, you complete a review. An idiom is included and explained each day. In this week’s Vaughan’s Vocabulary are three words that Tomiak used as examples.

1. voluble (VOL-yuh-bul)

A. loud, stentorian

B. wary

C. taciturn, uncommunicative

D. characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words

2. eschew (es-CHEW)

A. to ruminate

B. a deed, a bond, money or a piece of property held in trust by a third party

C. shun, avoid

D. to avoid habitually on moral or practical grounds

Let’s see how you’re doing. No. 1, voluble, is D. Both C and D are correct for eschew.

3. repudiate (ree-PEW-dee-ate)

A. to cast off or disown

B. to reject as having no authority or binding force

C. to reject with disapproval or condemnation

D. to reject with denial

4. “To eat humble pie”

A. to be so hungry that almost anything tastes good

B. to get even

C. to eat any food of inferior quality

D. to admit your error and apologize

The four choices for No. 3 came from Dictionary.com and all four apply to repudiate.

The idiom “to eat humble pie” is featured in 1,100 Words’ Week 1, Day 1. D is the answer.

Last week’s mystery word is antiquated.

This week’s mystery word to solve is French. Its last syllable rhymes with “her” and begins with the letter that precedes the first letter in “her.”

Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D., of Eupora is a speech and theater professor at East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle. Contact him at dvaughan@eastms.edu.