Saturday, December 10, 2005

10 hard English words

Do you know the meaning of the following 10 words?

1. Integrity
2. Refugee
3. Contempt
4. Filibuster
5. Insipid
6. Tsunami
7. Pandemic
8. Conclave
9. Levee
10: Inept

If you don't, that shouldn't be a surprise. These are the words which were most looked up on the on-line version of the Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

It is interesting to see what words are most looked up. They almost all relate to current events from the last year (Tsunami in Asia, new Pope, American politics, etc.).


At 12:16 AM, Blogger sayuri said...

Hi Peter-san,
Some of them are quite unusual indeed. I recently searched for manageress because I found it in a J>E translation and didn't believe it existed.
That aside, a funny one: write the word "failure" in Google and see what sites you get listed.

At 9:39 AM, Blogger PeterD said...

The "failure" in Google wasn't the first, but instead was done in response to when people set up "miserable failure" so that it came up with a humurous result.


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