aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

College students don't know words, either

Someone pointed out a rather depressing article in Sunday's Washington Post.

In it, a professor laments how college students don't read and aren't familiar with words, including: impetus, ramshackle, and lucid. Other examples:

"Advocate." Neither the verb nor the noun was immediately clear to students who had graduated from high school with GPAs above 3.5. A few others:
"Derelict," as in neglectful.
"Satire," as in a literary form.
"Pith," as in the heart of the matter.
"Brevity," as in the quality of being succinct.
"Novel," as in new and as a literary form. He says college students nowadays call any book, fact or fiction, a novel.

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