Words beginning graduate students don't know

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Oct 11 00:26:13 UTC 2013

On Oct 10, 2013, at 5:02 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> I don't know what a palisade is, either, though I do know the pronunciation.

It's one of those cultural advantage things--growing up in Washington Heights (NYC), right across the river from the Palisades, which were also the site of the nearest amusement park, we had a leg up.  Of course, we would have guessed that palisades had to be in New Jersey, but at least we'd heard of them.


> Perhaps I got that wrong on the GMAT. Is there a litmus test of vocabulary people must know?
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
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> On Oct 10, 2013, at 12:59 PM, Geoffrey Steven Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
>> I'm giving a mid-term in phonetics, and have asked students to transcribe some words. So far, here are words that at least five students (out of 63, almost all native speakers of American or Canadian English ) don't know:
>> choral
>> palisade
>> sigh....
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