Words known by men and women

The Center for Reading Research:

Some words are better known to men than to women and the other way around. But which are they? On the basis of our vocabulary test, we can start to answer this question. These 24 words should suffice to find out whether a person you are interacting with in digital space is male or female.

I knew all twelve of the “men’s words” and all but two of the “women’s words”. If you have the time, be sure to take their vocabulary test, too.



  • Mayson

    I learned 6 new words! Interesting vocabulary test…

  • SockRolid

    81%. I f-ed up “oboist” and “scarify” (no spoiler) and I knew it. The rest I didn’t know I f-ed up.

  • Chris

    Bullshit! This list has nothing to say about males and females, but it has a lot of say about what gender means to us in western culture. Ask the same questions of another culture (that hasn’t been completely infiltrated by western thought) and you’ll get a different result.

    How difficult is it for people to understand: what we think of as “male” and “famale” or “masculine” and “feminine” is defined by our culture, and has absolutely no inherent meaning outside of our culture. A blatant display of cultural chauvinism.

  • John V.

    What does that mean “find out” via a “vocabulary test”. It’s the Internet, bitch. If I don’t know a word, I can google it.

    Plus, are you going to seriously tell a guy “you’re a woman” (vice versa) based on a vocabulary test?

    If you feel compelled to do that, maybe you should get your priorities straight, asshole. Who cares if someone is a dog online. Unless you want to marry them, in which case there are far better ways to tell if someone is a man or a woman.

    BTW, “hey babe, wanna take a quick vocabulary test”? Worst pickup line ever.

  • Moeskido

    The lists are split by tech, genre-fiction adjectives, and politics versus food and fashion. How surprising.