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I am Sat vs. I am Sitting

Diana in Duncanville, Texas, notes a difference between British English and American English. In the United States, it’s common to say I am sitting down or He was sitting there or We were sitting there, but increasingly she hears people from...

SAT Revision

The SAT is cutting depreciatory and membranous from the verbal section of the test, but don’t go insane in the membrane—there’s been no depreciation in knowledge among the youth. This is part of a complete episode.


If someone’s in a swivet, they’re flustered or in distress. For example, you might be in a swivel if you’re late for a meeting or you’ve shown up to the SAT without a No. 2 pencil. This is part of a complete episode.

Slang Term “Legit”

An SAT prep teacher in Santa Cruz, California, hears lots of teen slang in his work, and is struck by a new use of the term legit. This is part of a complete episode.


quintfecta  n.— «Several years ago, one of the regulars on this newsgroup (Ron Medley? AsiaSunset?) dubbed the 1600 + 800+800+800 achievement the “quintfecta.”» —“Re: SAT Scores and College Admission” by Gary...


poor  n.— «Her story is proof that elites lower the bar for poors. 5th in her class at a TTT high school, and a 1440 SAT should not be getting her into Yale.» —“Poor girl from VA struggles to fit in at YALE (feature)” by...

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