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The New York Times recently published a list of the most looked-up words of 2011. Below is a list of the top 20.
I only knew the meanings of 14 out of the 20 words. Just 70%. That’s a C- level of understanding.

Don’t tell my students.

The words that are bolded are the ones that I knew.

1. Panegyric

2. Immiscible

3. Manichaean

4. Inveighs

5. Crepuscular

6. Legerdemain

7. Churlish

8. Risible

9. Anathema

10. Recognizance

11. Omertà

12. Superannuated

13. Perfidy

14. Hauteur

15. Samizdat

16. Avuncular

17. Inchoate

18. Duplicitous

19. Perfunctory

20. Dyspeptic