The Atlantic, “The Case for SAT Words”

December 11, 2013

James S. Murphy, “The Case for SAT Words” (The Atlantic, Dec. 11, 2013)

Ben Zimmer, the executive producer of, suggested that “a lot of what might be considered the traditional SAT words might have been a little esoteric and also very specific in their meaning,” which meant that “you just learned this strange-sounding word and its meaning and you’re done,” rather than learning the kinds of words that take on different meanings in different contexts.

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