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Fun & Free SAT Words Starting with “B”

Updated on March 12, 2019

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.

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 -- 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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Beatitude: a state of great happiness
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    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Hello, QueenMary! Article "C" is up and focuses on CANDID photos of President Obama, Madonna, Brad Pitt & others.

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

      Thanks for your sincerity, Hilary ;-).

      Fun SAT words that start with C are coming soon!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

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

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

    • SantaCruz profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

    • hildred profile image


      8 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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