July 11, 2006

They're GREeat!

I'm doing the GREs next Monday (boooo!). Some sections I'm pretty confident about, mainly, in fact, because of how regularly I blog. I can whip out a short, self-contained essay in forty-five minutes, no problem— and thanks to all the practise I get writing and tweaking sentences, I all but aced the sample sentence completions in my test prep book.

However, my vocabulary just isn't up to the ridiculously abstruse words they throw at you in the antonym and analogy sections (I can't tell you how much I despise verbal analogies)— and since the best way to learn new words is to use them in sentences, please now enjoy this small exercise in GRE revision:

At first, my plan had been to impetuously walk into the exam without much preparation, relying on my stalwart native wit to carry me through— I am, after all, a scion of a well-PhDed family. But after looking at a test prep book, I began to feel quite bilious. None of the words I was reading were at all limpid, and made me feel like quite the tyro. Now, far be it from me to gainsay the GREs (the last thing I want is to be accused of calumny), but the whole exercise puts me in high dudgeon and, if you ask me, warrants a certain amount of excoriation. I mean, who the fuck ever uses one of these words in their everyday lives? (Apart from, perhaps, a vocabulary martinet.) This may seem like something of a cavil, but I feel my aspersions are well-placed: the very fact that students can speak of 'GRE words' should sound the knell for such recondite and arcane practices as the verbal analogy section.

Isn't it weird how that last paragraph sounded kind of like a Madlib?



At 11/7/06 21:30, Anonymous stretch said...

Quit being so pedantic.


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