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I'd like to ask native speakers of English.

What are some of the most difficult words you've learned recently? Or what are some of the words whose meanings were elusive and for which you've had to consult your dictionary recently?

Thank you. I'd like to know a sample of words that trouble even native speakers.

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closed as off-topic by Edwin Ashworth, JSBձոգչ, Robusto, Ste, MετάEd Dec 18 '13 at 15:18

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I'm still having trouble spelling marauder despite having typed it countless times in the past few days. –  Hugo Dec 18 '13 at 12:51
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about subjective value judgements and lists, and seems to come in the category of 'trivia'. And possibly general reference. –  Edwin Ashworth Dec 18 '13 at 12:52
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Syncategorematic. –  snailboat Dec 18 '13 at 13:04
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This question and its comments contain my answer to your question. –  tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:07
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The subjacent sentiment seems somewhat surly, as ’twere from some catachrestic churl ejaculated. –  tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 13:57

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I recently learned the word 'abrogate', meaning to abolish.

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Not to be confused with arrogate, although it often is. –  tchrist Dec 18 '13 at 14:21

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