Holiday Vocabulary and the GRE

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Happy Holidays! How to improve your SAT vocabulary over winter break (jingle bells)PowerScore will be closed on December 25, but we know that for some of you, GRE prep never stops. Check out twenty commonly-occurring vocabulary words used in sentences about our favorite holiday classics.

In Eight Crazy Nights, Davey Stone spends most of the movie obstreperously objecting to the austere judge’s sentencing—he even defies the judge by breaking into the mall—until he’s reminded of the miracle of Hanukkah and decides to change his ways.

In National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Clark Griswold plans to put in a lavish new swimming pool with a munificent yearly bonus from him boss, so he is driven to near madness when he learns his bonus is a nothing more than a membership to the Jelly of the Month Club.
 
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas features a curmudgeon whose least favorite part of Christmas was the cacophony of noise that erupted when the children of Whoville started playing with their toys.
 
In Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Island of Misfit Toys is home to eccentric, unwanted toys, such as Bird Fish, an amalgamation of a fish and a bird
 
When Professor Hinkle realizes there is some magic in his old black hat in Frosty the Snowman, he resorts to chicanery to steal it back; fortunately he learns that his reprehensible tricks will only get him in trouble with Santa Claus.
 
When Kevin McAllister of Home Alone realizes that Harry and Marv plan to rob his home on Christmas Eve, he devises an insidious plan to foil the despoilers.
 
In Bad Santa, Willie T. Stokes is a furtive ex-con who poses as Santa each year in order to rob shopping malls on Christmas Eve; he gives up his ignominious ways, however, when he befriends a naïve boy in need of a role model.
 
Ebeneezer Scrooge of Charles Dickens'A Christmas Carol  is a penurious man whose avarice is most costly to the people around him; he refuses to share his wealth with those in his life who need it most.
 
In A Christmas Story, Ralphie’s dream of a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle is ephemeral; once the adults in his life learn of his wishes, they quickly put an end to his machinations in fear he’ll shoot his eye out.
 
Lucy directs Charlie Brown to find a big, shiny aluminum tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, but Charlie Brown isn’t worried about such picayune details; he instead buys a destitute little sapling that better helps the children understand the real meaning of Christmas.

For more words like these, as well as definitions and other word forms, check out our free list of of vocab words!

 

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