SAT Words -- Set 4
Terms in this set (48)
adjective: dull or stale because of overuse; trite; heckneyed
To wake up and realize your adventure was all a dream is a ___ ending for a short story.
Have you heard the ____ joke about the moron who threw the clock out the window in order to see time fly?
___ is boring because it's so predictable.
noun: an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
"I'm so hungry i could eat rhinoceros," gives an original twist to an old ___.
Good writers avoid ___ like the plague.
Lazy writers rely on ___ because it's hard work to express ideas with fresh, new phrases.
adjective: unoriginal; taken from something already existing
"Write an original sci-fi story" instructed Mr.Schirmer, "not ____ fiction drawn from 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Time Machine."
Instead of presenting her unique artistic vision, Julie's ___ work resembled the paintings of the old masters.
English is a ___ language. It is made up of words that originated in many other languages.
adjective: made commonplace by overuse; trite
Miss Cole, our poetry teacher, said, "Because poets aim to create new insights, they shun ____ language."
Then she added, "if you think imaginatively, you'll avoid ____ phrases such as ruby lips and rosy-fingered dawn".
hack; hackneyed; hacks
Only ___ writers rely on ___ expressions. That's what makes them ___.
adjective: lacking flavor or taste, unexciting
The conversation at dinner was so ___ that Monica fell asleep at the table.
What kept the Hagans from going to church on Sunday morning was the minister, whose ____ sermons made them want to go back to bed.
What I thought would be a scary movie turned out to be an ___ story of a harmless ghost.
adjective: lacking flavor or taste; unexciting
Laura's ____ grades may prevent her from going to a top college.
____ teachers, who can't engage their students' interest, give this school a bad name.
Even a superior actor finds it challenging to enliven a ___ script.
adjective: commonplace; ordinary
In contrast to the new and unusual, the ____ happenings of everyday existence are pretty dull.
Woolf is an author who can find something magical even in such a ____ activity as brushing one's teeth.
The movies offer an escape from the ___ character of daily life.
adjective; commonplace, ordinary, unoriginal, mundane
___ thinkers contributed lackluster ideas to the Socratic seminar.
Her ___ screenplay did not grab an iota of attention from the sitcom's co-producers.
Make your college application essay attention grabbing and compelling; nothing admissions officers dislike more than having to read another sleepy sample of ___ prose.
noun: quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original
How Rick's poem won an award for originality boggles my mind, for it consists of nothing but ____.
A recipe to induce sleep is a monotonous voice and a plethora of ___.
A ____ is an enriching intellectually as the last month's bread is satisfying nutritionally.
adjective: dull; commonplace
The novel Mr. and Mrs.Bridge is an indictment of an ordinary American couple who lead the dullest, most ____ life imaginable.
A ____ Sunday morning means sleeping late and lingering over a big pancake breakfast while browsing the Sunday news paper.
What is more ___ than a movie and pizza on a Friday night?
adjective: unoriginal and stale due to overuse
Because my essay was filled with cliches`, Mr.Gill red-penciled "___" all over it.
When bob asked what i thought of getting up at 4 A.M., only the ___ response came to me: "Well, they say the early bird catches the worm"
Mr. Gill claims that ___ is a sign of an air filled brain.
adjective: lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale
Behind every uninspiring, ____ TV ait-com you'll find an empty-headed producer, director, and screenwriter .
Tired of ____ advertising gimmicks, the company resorted to sky-writing to promote its newest line of swimwear.
The speaker's ___ delivery emptied the conference hall within 10 minutes.