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Fun & Free SAT Words Starting with “I”

Updated on June 17, 2012

"I Words" with Jeannie the Genie


"I" is for "I Dream of Jeannie"

Blink your way to a high SAT score! This vocabulary lesson uses examples from NBC's I Dream of Jeannie starring Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.

Get SAT vocabulary definitions and sample sentences along with memorable scenes and fun facts about I Dream of Jeannie.

The main SAT words defined in this article are impropriety, immutable and itinerant. More definitions appear after each sample SAT question.

Let's begin! Here's the first word: impropriety.

Barbara Eden Discusses Belly Button Controversy

See? No Bellybutton

Although her navel usually is covered, avid fans note that Genie's bellybutton is evident in several episodes.
Although her navel usually is covered, avid fans note that Genie's bellybutton is evident in several episodes. | Source

IMPROPRIETY - n. - the state of being unfit, unseemly or inappropriate

Sample Sentences Using Impropriety

  • Television censors in the 1960s worried about the impropriety of showing Barbara Eden's navel.
  • The impropriety of depicting an unmarried man and woman living together was solved by having Jeannie sleep in her bottle.

Sample SAT Question Using Impropriety

Fill in the blank.

Dr. Bellows frequently reported Tony's _______ to superiors, but they were never convinced that he'd behaved inappropriately.

(A) boon

(B) decorum

(C) redolence

(D) impropriety

Surprise! The best answer is D, impropriety. A clue given in the sentence is the word "inappropriately."

Here are definitions for the other words:

  • A boon is a blessing or gift. You can get examples of boon featuring George Bush on my SAT B Words page.
  • Decorum is proper and refined behavior. Jeannie's amusing antics challenged Major Nelson to keep his decorum.
  • Redolence refers to smelling sweet. You might enjoy a redolent garden but you probably wouldn't report an employee's redolence to your superiors.

On to the next word: immutable.

Lyrics Version of "I Dream of Jeanne"

Lyrics to the "I Dream of Jeanne" Theme

The I Dream of Jeanne TV show opens with a catchy instrumental. Read the unsung lyrics here!

Jeannie, fresh as a daisy.
Just love how she obeys me,
Does things that just amaze me so.

She smiles - Presto! the rain goes.
She blinks - Up come the rainbows.
Cars stop, even the train goes slow.

When she goes by
She paints sunshine on every rafter,
Sprinkles the air with laughter.
We're close as a quarter after three.

There's no one like
Jeannie. I'll introduce her,
To you, but it's no use, sir,
'Cause my Jeannie's in love with me.

IMMUTABLE - adj. - unchanging; permanent

Sample Sentence Using Immutable

Jeannie's situation was immutable: Because of a curse, she was destined to always be a genie.

Sample SAT Question Using Immutable

Fill in the blank.

Jeannie's spell didn't cause ___________ effects; her dinner guests eventually became visible again.

(A) ebullient

(B) immutable

(C) garrulous

(D) magnanimous

The best option is B, immutable. Jeannie's spells didn't cause immutable effects. Here's a look at the other choices:

  • Ebullient means "extremely lively or enthusiastic." Whereas Jeannie was generally ebullient and full of smiles, Tony was more reserved.
  • Garrulous means "talkative" or "wordy." The friendly and garrulous genie had many stories to share about ancient Persia. Read more about garrulous with The Golden Girls.
  • Magnanimous means "noble" or "generous." The magnanimous Major Nelson offered Jeannie her freedom but she preferred to stay by his side.

Here's the third and final "I" word: itinerant.

The ITINERANT Genie Works In Outer Space

Factoids: Jeannie's Bottle

  • Jeannie's original bottle was a 1964 Christmas edition whiskey decanter from Jim Beam.
  • A new bottle was made when I Dream of Jeannie was filmed in color.
  • Many stunt bottles were needed, mostly because Jeannie's smoke could cause explosions.

ITINERANT - adj. - traveling from place to place, especially on a work circuit

Itinerant is also a noun. An itinerant is a person who travels regularly as part of his or her work.

Sample Sentences Using Itinerant

  • After being trapped in a bottle for 2000 years, Jeannie was happy to be itinerant and follow her master's work circuit.
  • While some genies are rather stationery, the itinerant Jeannie worked in Baghdad, Florida, outer space and countless other locations.

Sample SAT Question Using Itinerant

Fill in the blank.

Some farm workers are _________ but Jeannie's peasant parents stayed in one place year-round.

(A) neophytes

(B) assiduous

(C) contrite

(D) itinerant

The best choice is D, itinerant. The sentence hints for the opposite of staying in one place. Here are definitions for the other choices:

  • Neophytes are people who are young or inexperienced.Tony and Roger weren't neophytes; they were highly trained astronauts.
  • Assiduous means hard-working or disciplined. The tough mental and physical demands mean that only assiduous people will become astronauts.
  • Contrite means "eager to be forgiven." Tony was suddenly contrite after he imagined a life without Jeannie.

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