I am going to say at the outset that I know next to nothing about the TOEFL. I know it exists as some kind of standard and that some people really, really need it and there is a whole industry dedicated to “teaching” it and, by the look of things, creating (word used quite loosely) materials for it to be sold at vast expense to them as needs. And I’m totally not against any of that, so no high horses please. I’m just thoroughly relieved that I don’t have to get involved with it all – except at the moment for what is going to be an agonising 6 weeks.
I have someone who appears to be a terminal TOEFL examinee who is desperate to “get the TOEFL” or at least “100 on the TOEFL” – whatever that means, and he is paying me. (We all sell ourselves at some point). Today he handed me a vocabulary list of “typical TOEFL words”. I have no idea what to say.
to baffle pursuit
to brisk about
buttress up the facts
dip net – WHAT?
elasticity of compression
languid attempt (poetic, though it be)
lax vowel (could be tricky on the pron front)
the Massacre of St Bartholomew