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26 Feb 2015

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American's English proficiency(especially, Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary) is very bad??
Sometimes I'm very irritated at their English proficiency. For example, when I used some difficult words, they couldn't understand them!! Althrough they have a good academic background like Harvard, PhD engineering, Berkeley.
I'd like to know average American's word-hoard.
Can you understand the following words?
I put an English vocabulary quiz to all of you, if you're interested in the quiz.
Could you answer them?
Ceteris paribus
Hocus pocus
Apropos of nothing
Tendentious/tendencious
Dragoon
Dicey
Ineffable
Fatuous
Pusillianimous
Helter skelter
Derring-do
Anathema
Jettison
Exogenous
Endogenous
Felon
Felony
Penitence
Paroxysm
Revelry
Arbitration act


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