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SAT Vocab Unit 1 . CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? Words Relating to Using Few Words or Being Quiet. Words…Pronunciation…Part of Speech. brevity (BREV-ih-tee) n. concise (cun-SISE) adj. laconic (luh-CAHN-ik) adj. pithy (PIH-thee) adj. quiescent (kwy-EH-sunt) adj. reticent (RET-ih-sunt) adj.

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Sat vocab unit 1

SAT Vocab Unit 1

CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE?

Words Relating to Using Few Words or Being Quiet


Words pronunciation part of speech
Words…Pronunciation…Part of Speech

  • brevity (BREV-ih-tee) n.

  • concise (cun-SISE) adj.

  • laconic (luh-CAHN-ik) adj.

  • pithy (PIH-thee) adj.

  • quiescent (kwy-EH-sunt) adj.

  • reticent (RET-ih-sunt) adj.

  • succinct (suk-SINKT) adj.

  • taciturn (TAS-ih-turn) adj.

  • terse (turs) adj.


Let s add some meaning
Let’s Add Some Meaning

  • brevity—briefness or conciseness in speech or writing

  • concise—using few words in speaking or writing

  • laconic--using few words in speech

  • pithy—brief and full of meaning and substance; concise

  • quiescent—quiet; still; inactive

  • reticent—not talking much; reserved


Let s add some meaning1
Let’s Add Some Meaning

  • succinct—clearly and briefly stated; concise

  • taciturn—silent; sparing of words; close-mouthed

  • terse—using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise, sometimes to the point of rudeness


Memory tips use these mnemonics memory devices to boost your vocabulary
Memory Tips – Use these mnemonics (memory devices) to boost your vocabulary.

brevity Connect this word to a related word that you most likely already know: abbreviate. Notice how both words share the letter cluster brev!

pithyThink of just the pit (central part) of the topic and nothing more. Remember that pithy expressions are substantial and to the point.


Memory tips use these mnemonics memory devices to boost your vocabulary1
Memory Tips – Use these mnemonics (memory devices) to boost your vocabulary.

quiescentDid you notice that the word quiet is within the word quiescent? Use this to see the definition within the word: still; inactive; quiet. In your Vocabulary Notebook, underline or highlight q-u-i-e-t in quiescent. Another SAT-level word, acquiesce, is related to quiescent. Acquiesce means “to peaceably agree or quietly give in to.”


Memory tips use these mnemonics memory devices to boost your vocabulary2
Memory Tips – Use these mnemonics (memory devices) to boost your vocabulary.

taciturn In Latin tacitus means silent. Tacit means implied or expressed without words, as in a “tacit agreement.”


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Words in Action! boost your vocabulary.


Brevity
Brevity boost your vocabulary.

For the sake of brevity, choose your words with care.

Limited space in the newsletter makes brevity essential.

When time is short, brevityis a virtue.


Concise
Concise boost your vocabulary.

A concise explanation is preferable to a long-winded one.

Leslie’s essay is pretty wordy; she should try to be more concise.

For a concisesummary of the book, read the book jacket.


Pithy
Pithy boost your vocabulary.

For the yearbook, Jenny searched through Bartlett’s for a pithy quotation about courage.

Jonathan’s sonnet ended with a pithy rhyming couplet.

What expresses affection more pithily than the three words, I love you?


Quiescent
Quiescent boost your vocabulary.

Mount St. Helens has be quiescent since its last eruption in 1986.

On long summer weekends, the city loses its bustle and is strangely quiescent.

Never one to make waves, Leo quiescentlyfollowed the coach’s orders.


Reticent
Reticent boost your vocabulary.

Usually reticent, Ms. Worthy surprised us all with a long story at lunch.

Tom and Molly are a mismatched pair; he’s shy and reticent, but she never stops talking.

I thought the old man was reticent, but he wouldn’t talk because he had no teeth.


Succinct
Succinct boost your vocabulary.

Mr. Phillips asked us to write a succinct summary of our term papers.

The title succinctlyconveys the point of my paper.

Let me state this as succinctlyas I can: “No late papers.”


Taciturn
Taciturn boost your vocabulary.

Next to me on the bus sat a taciturn girl who said nothing during the four-hour ride.

Throughout the party, Larry was moody and taciturn. No one heard a peep from him.

Mom kept quiet, not because she’s taciturn, but because she refused to make the decision for me.


Terse
Terse boost your vocabulary.

Mia wanted details about Joyce’s new boyfriend, but got only a tersedescription.

Terse speakers make dull lecturers.

Theprincipal’sterse reply was clear: “No dogs at school.”


Match one of the words in column a with one or more of their defining characteristics in column b
Match one of the words in column A with boost your vocabulary.one or more of their defining characteristics in Column B.

  • Quiescent

  • Pithy

  • Concise

  • Terse

  • taciturn

  • Inactive or still

  • To the point

  • Using few words to express oneself

  • Quiet and reserved

  • Brief, almost to the point of rudeness


Words words words
Words words words… boost your vocabulary.

  • brevedad (Sp); concisión (Sp.)

  • conciso (Sp.)

  • laconically (adv); lacónico (Sp.)

  • pithily (adv); pithiness (n)

  • Quiescence (n); quiescently (adv)

  • reticently (adv); reticente (Sp.)

  • succinctly (adv); succinctness (n); sucinto (Sp)

  • taciturnity (n); taciturnly (adv); taciturno (Sp.)

  • tersely (adv); terseness (n)


Sentence completion
Sentence Completion boost your vocabulary.

  • Gabe is a master of ___ because he can usually get his point across in three words or less.

    • Tersely

    • Reticence

    • Abbreviation

    • Pithiness

    • Laconic


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Sentence Completion boost your vocabulary.

  • ___ people make me feel uncomfortable; they are so quiet and disengaged that it makes them hard to read.

    • Succinct

    • Reservedly

    • Reticent

    • Concise

    • Brevity


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Sentence Completion boost your vocabulary.

  • After being asked repeatedly to go on a movie date, Julian ___ responded, “Not interested,” to the girl on the other end of the phone.

    • Quiescently

    • Reservedly

    • Concise

    • Brevity

    • Tersely


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Sentence Completion boost your vocabulary.

  • Known for her ___, Hailey delivered a 40-second speech that pithily emphasized the many reasons why she would be the best pick for student government president.

    • Reticence

    • Brevity

    • Terseness

    • Taciturn

    • Abbreviations


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Sentence Completion boost your vocabulary.

  • Far from a blabbermouth, Tina is as ___ a young lady as one can find.

    • Succinct

    • Pithy

    • Taciturn

    • Concisely

    • Acquiescent


Words in context
Words in Context boost your vocabulary.

Based on the context in which each bold word is used, identify the word usage of each sentence as either C (Correct) or I (Incorrect).

  • The mayor was commended for his pithy speech. He made meaningful points during a mere half-hour delivery.

  • The gabby shop owner welcomed laconic exchanges with customers.


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Words in Context boost your vocabulary.

Based on the context in which each bold word is used, identify the word usage of each sentence as either C (Correct) or I (Incorrect).

  • Since space was limited, the advertising executive instructed copywriters to write concise photo captions.

  • Unlike their customary drawn-out explanations, the Grants related the story of the burglary tersely.


Sat vocab unit 1

Words in Context boost your vocabulary.

Based on the context in which each bold word is used, identify the word usage of each sentence as either C (Correct) or I (Incorrect).

  • Succinct gossip is the most painful; it hurts its subjects more than any other type of humor.