Fun & Free SAT Words Starting with “B”

BOON: a gift or blessing

George Bush calls himself a "boon" because he's added words to our language (e.g., "Hispanically" and "bariffs").
George Bush calls himself a "boon" because he's added words to our language (e.g., "Hispanically" and "bariffs").

SAT Practice With a Bit of Fun

How can you learn definitions for SAT words? A memorable sentence or image can't hurt. With that in mind, here are fun sentences, pictures and videos to help you learn SAT vocabulary words. Examples come from The Simpsons, Seinfeld, George Bush and other entertaining sources.

You'll also see SAT practice questions. These sample questions were written by me, a contributor to "real" SAT practice guides sold in bookstores.

These "B" words are defined below: blandish, boon, brusque and buttress.

BLANDISH: to coax with flattery

On Seinfeld a tobacco lawyer tries to blandish Kramer by referring to his rugged masculinity.

BLANDISHING: When it Fails, Try Nagging

BLANDISH -- verb -- to coax by using flattery

  • On Seinfeld a lawyer tries to blandish Kramer by mentioning his "rugged masculinity."
  • The Queen of England's best guard wouldn't be blandished by a pretty foreign agent.

Sample SAT Question

Fill in the blank.

Instead of trying to _______ their father, Bart and Lisa Simpson rely on old-fashioned nagging.

(A) ingratiate

(B) divert

(C) blandish

(D) subdue

The best answer is choice C, blandish.

  • To ingratiate means "to get on the good side of."
  • To divert means "to redirect."
  • To subdue means "to bring under control" or "to repress."


George Bush refers to himself as a "boon" because he's contributed new words to English.
George Bush refers to himself as a "boon" because he's contributed new words to English.

BOON -- noun -- a gift or blessing

  • Mother's Day is a boon to florists.
  • “I am a boon to the English language. I've coined new words, like... Hispanically.” - George W. Bush (click here for the full transcript)

Sample SAT Question

Fill in the blank.

The armored truck's accidental spill was unfortunate for the bank but a _____ to lucky motorists traveling Interstate 270.

(A) liability

(B) talisman

(C) harbinger

(D) boon

The best answer is D, boon. The word "but" is a clue that you're looking for the opposite of "unfortunate." A liability is a debt or something else that isn't advantageous. A talisman is a lucky charm. A harbinger is a warning or foreshadowing.

BRUSQUE -- adj. -- brief, abrupt or dismissive

  • Frasier Crane was brusque with Kirby, a goofy and incompetent job-seeker.
  • Seinfeld's brusque "Soup Nazi" abhors inefficiency.

Sample SAT Question

Fill in the blank.

After hearing his wife's _______ "Thank-you," Chuck realized that tax software made a poor anniversary gift.

(A) exuberant

(B) brusque

(C) credible

(D) tenacious

The best choice is B, brusque. An exuberant thank-you is enthusiastic. Something that's credible is believable. If you're tenacious, you're persistent and hold fast to your goals.

BUTTRESS: to support

On The Office, Dwight's reaction to the Jello incident buttresses Jim's penchant for pranking.

BUTTRESS -- verb -- to support or encourage

  • If you remove the center buttress, that entire structure will collapse.
  • Dwight's irritation only buttresses Jim's enthusiasm for office pranks.

Sample SAT Question

Fill in the blank.

Efforts to recall the governor were __________ by the release of an unflattering YouTube video in which he confided, "I hate kittens, babies and America."

(A) thwarted

(B) buttressed

(C) blighted

(D) curtailed

The best answer is B, buttressed. If efforts were thwarted, they were prevented. If something is blighted, it's been ruined. If you curtail an effort or a conversation, you cut it short.

Good work! Feel free to add your own sample sentences below.

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hildred 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

Today I learned the word "Blandish", and even though I'm years past taking the SAT I'm sure it'll creep into my writing shortly. :P


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SantaCruz 4 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA Author

Hildred, I'd love to see what you come up with.

Everyone, feel free to post your own "blandish" sentences here :).


Hilary 4 years ago

Great format, great way to learn and remember new words.

I'm not trying to blandish you, I really mean it :-)


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SantaCruz 4 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA Author

Thanks for your sincerity, Hilary ;-).

Fun SAT words that start with C are coming soon!


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SantaCruz 4 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA Author

Hello, QueenMary! Article "C" is up and focuses on CANDID photos of President Obama, Madonna, Brad Pitt & others. http://hubpages.com/education/Fun-Free-SAT-Words-S...

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