10 Words Your Kids Probably Don't Know
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is a vocabulary test given to fourth, eighth, and twelfth graders across the country. The 2011 results were just released, and there are a LOT of words our kids don't know.
Here are 10 words that more than HALF of the students didn't know:
#1.) Fourth graders didn't know that "puzzled" means confused.
#2.) A majority of eighth graders didn't know that "permeate" means spread all the way through.
#3.) High-school seniors didn't know that "mitigate" means to make less bad.
#4.) Most fourth graders didn't know that "eerie" means scary or unsettling.
#5.) Eighth graders didn't know that "urbane" means elegant and sophisticated.
#6.) More than half of high-school seniors didn't know that "delusion" means an incorrect belief or opinion.
#7.) Fourth graders didn't know that "barren" means empty or desolate.
#8.) Fourth graders also didn't know that "detected" means found.
#9.) Half of all fourth graders didn't know "flourish" means to bloom or thrive.
#10.) And fourth graders ALSO didn't know that "prestigious" means respected and admired.
(Wall Street Journal)