Starting off with a powerful vocabulary is the best way to prepare for a successful, stress-free time in high school. High school opens a world of new ideas and experiences—along with more challenging and sophisticated concepts. Knowing these 250 words will give students the gift of a head start that will last for years to come.
Every year, thousands of families trust Edward Fiske, author of the #1 bestselling Fiske Guide to Colleges and the former education editor of the New York Times, as their guide for honest advice on creating the best educational experience possible—because he knows and listens to students. Together with vocabulary experts Jane Mallison and David Hatcher, Fiske 250 Words Every High School Freshman Needs to Know gives students the most important words they'll encounter in high school, across a wide range of subjects and skill levels.
This short, powerful tool will allow any student to expand his vocabulary, sharpen his writing skills, and be prepared to make the most of his high school years!
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Edward B. Fiske served for seventeen years as education editor of the New York Times, and he is the author of Fiske Guide to Colleges and numerous other books on college admissions.
Jane Mallison has taught for more than twenty years and has served on the College Board SAT Committee.
David Hatcher has written and co-written several books, workbooks, and other training materials on vocabulary, writing, proofreading and editing, and related subjects. His writing has been published in the Washington Post and in national magazines.
Jane Mallison and David Hatcher have MA degrees from, respectively, Duke University and Indiana University. This is their first collaboration since their joint journalistic efforts as undergraduates.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. :
Excerpt from Chapter 18: Painful Words
Pain can involve an injury to the body, an assault on the senses, or a rebuke to the spirit. These ten words invoke various causes and effects of misery.
1. Harrowing (HARE-oh-ing)
If something really frightens or distresses you, you might describe it with this adjective. A harrow is, literally, a farm implement that breaks up clods of earth, but these days the word is commonly used for an experience that gives you the figurative feeling of having your insides ripped out as if you'd been literally "harrowed."
2. Dissonant (DIS-on-ant)
Sounds that are unharmonious are called dissonant; in a more generalized sense, varying opinions may also be so described. The noun form is dissonance.
3. Raucous (RAW-kus)
This word means "loud, rough, rowdy, boisterous."
4. Trauma (rhymes with comma)
This word is used for a serious injury or shock, whether to body or to spirit. The adjective form is traumatic. Both noun and adjective are often used in a light, nontechnical sense.
5. Schadenfreude (SHAD-en-froid-deh)
This noun comes from the German words for "damage" and "joy" and means "a pleasure derived from the misfortune of others."
6. Ostracize (OS-truh-size)
If you ostracize people, you make them pariahs (see below). This verb has the meaning of "expelling a person from a community," either literally or figuratively. Like many words and practices, this one came from ancient Greece, where a citizen could be forced to leave a city by vote of his peers. Not yet having paper, the citizens voted with shards of pottery—ostraka, forerunners of the modern "blackball." The noun form is ostracism.
7. Pariah (puh-RYE-uh)
This noun refers to a social outcast, someone not accepted in his or her society. The word comes into English from Tamil, a language of southern India, where it refers more specifically to an "Untouchable," a member of the lowest caste.
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