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« on: January 27, 2006, 10:34:19 AM »
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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2006, 10:44:58 AM »
I used the word "perineum" when describing a bike accident...

naw, I'm just kidding. I did have the word "penultimate" in my early draft, but took it out - I thought it was too showy to fit with the tenor of the statement, and I found myself having to write an extra sentence just to show adcoms I wasn't misusing the word (I described an experience as the penultimate step in deciding to go to law school, but I didn't address the final step until much later in the essay, thereby giving adcoms plenty of time to think I was using the word wrong).

Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2006, 10:46:32 AM »
I think all of mine are pretty normal words

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2006, 10:47:13 AM »
Brief list of no-so-common words:

knave
nadir
piqued
circumspection

My style is rather straight-forward compared to many.

 ;)

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2006, 12:25:53 PM »
interstices

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2006, 12:45:11 PM »
Piqued as in "piqued my interest" ?

Bonus points for piqued as in offended or indignant.

Sry to disappoint..."piqued my interest." :)

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2006, 01:02:36 PM »
Interesting thread. I've included phrases, too.

-"clocked on the head"
-pomegranate
-vagabond
-insecticide
-"feminine hygiene products" (seriously)
-prostitutes
-foot binding
-Chinatown bus

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2006, 01:03:37 PM »
I didn't use any words that aren't in my normal vocabulary, but I tend to use some words that people around here at least don't typically use.

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Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2006, 01:09:35 PM »
interstices
nice.  unusual but overtly thesaurusy

I've never used a thesaurus in my life. But, it may look like I have. That's sad, in a way.

Mr Shears

Re: Weird words in the personal statement
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2006, 01:11:22 PM »
In the personal statement I tried to avoid using words that people may think I looked up for the sake of a personal statement, but some of them found their way in there:

- facet
- propriety
- enumerated
- precursor
- conversely
- mental faculty
- detrimental (not really weird or uncommon, but people around here don't use it)