Welcome in the New Year and all the novel experiences you will encounter!
Today’s Root: novus
novice – someone new to doing something
novel – new, unseen and unheard of before
The successful woman attributed her success to learning from the wisdom her mentor, Mr. Brown, displayed when she was just a novice.
The Nativity scene brings peace to many hearts.
Today’s Root: nat
to be born
The native people welcomed the people with open arms and showered their guests in warm hospitality.
Although most immigrants have better lives in America, they cannot help but feel a bit of nostalgia for those they left behind (photo is of Ellis Island).
Sentence Completion Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary: nostalgia
wistful longing to return to a gentler time or to one’s homeland
Word Building: (Greek)
nostos – homecoming + algos – pain, grief, distress
Many far from home college students feel a bit nostalgic at one time or another.
Spot hopes everyone had the foresight to get immunized against this season’s flu.
Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary: foresight
the ability to see the future, forward looking, caring for the future, knowledge gained from insight
fore – possibly from the Olde English meaning before
sight – to see (German)
The teacher had the foresight to warn the students about slwoing down on the math portion of the SAT.
Today’s Root: bon
bonanza – ore found in mining; a sudden windfall in wealth or luck
bonbon – a piece of sweet candy; fruit or nut dipped in fondant or chocolate
The excitement over the newly discovered SAT strategies created a bonanza in test scores.
The knight is worthy of accolades.
Today’s Test Prep Vocabulary: accolade
accolade – high praise as in honors bestowed upon a knight
ad – to (Latin)
collum – neck as in to hug, embrace, or congratulate with a hug around the neck (Latin)
-ade suffix forming nouns usually showing action (Latin)
When searching for letters of recommendation, find someone who knows you well and is willing to sing your accolades.
Augment – greater in size (“aug-” to increase)
Today’s Word: augment
to make greater in size, extent, or quantity; to supplement
aug – meaning to increase
augmentare – to increase or build (Latin)
The The Official Guide to the SAT contains excellent sample tests, but to do their best on the SAT, most students will need to augment their studies with more comprehensive study guides.