What words should everyone know?

Top 100 Vocabulary Words That Adults Should Know

  • Acquiesce.
  • Acronym.
  • Ambiguity.
  • Analogy.
  • Anachronism.
  • Andragogy.
  • Antithesis.
  • Antonym.

What are the 20 most used words?

The 100 most common words in English

1. the 21. at 61. some
17. with 37. when 77. no
18. his 38. your 78. way
19. they 39. can 79. could
20. I 40. said 80. people

What are some great vocab words?

Explore the Words

  • serendipity. good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries.
  • keen. intense or sharp.
  • dubious. fraught with uncertainty or doubt.
  • susurration. an indistinct sound, as of whispering or rustling.
  • onomatopoeia. using words that imitate the sound they denote.
  • corpus callosum.
  • toothsome.
  • bibliophile.

What words do people really not use?

Here are seven words I think we should start using again immediately.

  • Facetious. Pronounced “fah-see-shuss”, this word describes when someone doesn’t take a situation seriously, which ironically is very serious indeed.
  • Henceforth.
  • Ostentatious.
  • Morrow.
  • Crapulous.
  • Kerfuffle.
  • Obsequious.

What is the most frequently used word?

‘The’ tops the league tables of most frequently used words in English, accounting for 5% of every 100 words used. “’The’ really is miles above everything else,” says Jonathan Culpeper, professor of linguistics at Lancaster University.

What are the most important words to know?

The most important words and phrases to learn in any language are greetings and pleasantries. Saying hello, thank you, excuse me, and other pleasantries in the native tongue will demonstrate respect for the culture and its language, even if you cannot speak or understand any other Italian.

What is a good vocabulary?

A good vocabulary also improves logical thinking in the context of a certain language. Learning new words and what they mean makes it easier to explore new ideas and understand concepts that you would not otherwise understand without adequate vocabulary. Quite simply, vocabulary really opens your mind to new ideas.

What is the vocabulary of an adult?

According to famous lexicographer Susie Dent , an adult English speaker has an average active vocabulary of around 20,000 words and a passive one of about 40,000 words. This means that an average adult can readily recall and use around 20,000 English words as well as recognize and know the meaning of approximately 40,000 words but unable to use them.