. The Word “Dad” – TOEFL Vocabulary

Level-Checking Vocabulary


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This Post Is Dedicated To My Dad Who Passed Away in 1978  &  And My Step-Dad Who Passed Away On July 8th, 2016

“Dad” – (/dæ[d]/ – /dæ[d]/) [concrete noun]… 

“The word ‘Dad’ is a colloquial term for the word ‘Father’.”

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]T[/su_dropcap]he word “Dad” — is the most common colloquial and familiar alternative to the word “Father” in the English language.  The proper word that this word replaces is “Father”.  But most people in America refer to their father as “Dad”.

This word functions as “Level-Checking” Vocabulary because the chances that one who is preparing for The TOEFL iBT Exam has not yet heard of, or knows, this word are quite low.  Yet — if it happens — then this is a good indication that that person’s “Level” is not yet high enough for The TOEFL iBT Exam — and there-fore, also not high enough to excel in a University-type setting (which is essentially what The TOEFL Exam tests for). .

Additionally — it will be unconsciously expected, both on the exam, and in a University-setting that a person, ABSOLUTELY must know this word.  Thus the term “Level-Checking Vocabulary”.

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The word “Dad” also has some unique features of pronunciation, with the second “d” being both what is called a “flap-d”AND being very commonly a “Stopped Consonant”.

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