Category Archives: Vocabulary

GRE Vocab and the Seven Deadly Sins: Part VI – Envy

In this, our latest post in the series GRE Vocab and the Seven Deadly Sins, we turn to the sin of envy and its corresponding heavenly virtue, kindness. According to Catholic theology, the sin of envy is defined as ill … Continue reading

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Obscure Curses & Interesting Insults – GRE Vocab at its Worst

One of the problems with the continued devolution (u kno wht i mean) of the English language is that we have lost our touch for awesome and clever insults. Rather than relying upon carefully crafted vituperates, most people express themselves … Continue reading

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GRE Vocabulary–Desiccate

This Week’s Word: Desiccate /ˈdɛs ɪˌkeɪt/     [des-i-keyt] v. The verb desiccate can be used with or without an object and means to thoroughly dry up or dry out. It may be used in the context of dehydrating food in order to … Continue reading

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GRE Vocab – Querulous

quer·u·lous kwer-yə-ləs, -ə-ləs\ adjective  Querulous is an adjective meaning “given to complaining” or “habitually complaining.” Synonyms of querulous include peevish, fretful, or whining. Querulous is often used to describe someone who is complaining in a way that is annoying or … Continue reading

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GRE Vocabulary – Mellifluous

mel·lif·lu·ous məˈliflo͞oəs/ adjective Mellifluous is an adjective that means “having a smooth, rich flow.” It is often used to describe a person’s voice or the flow of a sentence. The origins of mellifluous are Latin –the Latin words mell and … Continue reading

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GRE Vocab and the Seven Deadly Sins: Part V – Sloth

In this, our latest post in the series GRE Vocab and the Seven Deadly Sins, we now turn to the sin of sloth and its corresponding heavenly virtue, diligence. You have probably heard of the animals known as sloths, most … Continue reading

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Sometimes it is GREek: Paroxysm

“Sometimes it is GREek!” is a series dedicated to examining words likely to appear on the GRE.  We aim not only to give you a new word to memorize, but also to provide you with some background and etymological history … Continue reading

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How NOT to Study GRE Vocabulary: Malapropisms

Like many blogs, It’s Not GREek! regularly receives many spam comments such as this gem: “There is a great deal of playing that goes into place for sewer driving. If you fail to take some action, any strain on your … Continue reading

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