04 November 2014

Vocab 11/4/14

rend (v) -- to tear or split apart or into pieces violently

primer (n) --  an elementary textbook for teaching children to read

clamorous (adj.) --   making or marked by loud outcry or sustained din

din (n) -- a jumble of loud, usually discordant sounds

starchy (adj.) -- containing starch

buckram (n) --  a coarse cotton fabric heavily sized with glue, used for stiffening garments and in bookbinding 

plucky (adj.) -- having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances

24 October 2014

Vocab 10/24/14

argot (n) -- a specialized vocabulary or set of idioms used by a particular group

hookah (n) -- an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water

loup garou (n) -- a werewolf

13 October 2014

Vocab 10/13/14

cannular (adj.) -- of, relating to, or resembling a tube; tubular

chintzy (adj.) -- embarrassingly stingy

11 October 2014

Vocab 10/11/14

glabrous (adj.) -- having no hairs, projections, or pubescence; smooth

glabrate (adj.) -- Botany almost glabrous or becoming glabrous with age or maturity

trochee (n) -- a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable, as in season, or of a long syllable followed by a short syllable

meter (n) -- the measured arrangement of words in poetry, as by accentual rhythm, syllabic quantity, or the number of syllables in a line

prosody (n) -- the study of the metrical structure of verse: the prosodic rhythm with which Martha would read the important disclaimers on the small plastic orange pill bottles at Lamron's bedside

09 October 2014

Vocab 10/9/14

sprachgefühl (n) -- a feeling for language; an ear for the idiomatically correct or appropriate

nudnik (n) -- an obtuse, boring, or bothersome person; a pest

obtuse (adj.) -- 1. lacking quickness of perception or intellect 2. not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt

08 October 2014

Vocab 9/11/14 (PPFTF)

collude (v) -- to act together secretly to achieve a fraudulent, illegal, or deceitful purpose; conspire

Vocab 10/8/14

tincture (n) -- a coloring or dyeing substance; a pigment

ancillary (adj.) -- of secondary importance

07 October 2014

Vocab 10/7/14

lederhosen (n) -- leather shorts, often with suspenders, worn by men and boys, especially in Bavaria

phlox (n) -- any of various North American plants of the genus Phlox, having opposite leaves and flowers with a variously colored salverform corolla

salverform (adj.) -- of or relating to a gamopetalous corolla having a slender tube and an abruptly expanded limb, as in phlox

gamopetalous (adj.) -- having or characterizing a corolla with partially or wholly fused petals

corolla (n) -- the petals of a flower considered as a group or unit and usually of a color other than green; the inner whorl of theperianth

perianth (n) -- the outer envelope of a flower, consisting of either the calyx or the corolla, or both

calyx (n) -- the sepals of a flower considered as a group

sepal (n) -- one of the separate, usually green parts forming the calyx of a flower

06 October 2014

Vocab 10/6/14

bedaub (v) -- to smear all over with something thick, sticky, or dirty

kibitz (v) -- to look on and offer unwanted, usually meddlesome advice to others

pish (n/v) -- an imitated bird call used to attract birds; the act of using this call

clastic (adj.) -- breaking up into fragments or separate portions; dividing into parts

09 September 2014

Vocab 9/9/14

tourniquet (n) -- a device, typically a tightly encircling bandage, used to check bleeding bytemporarily stopping the flow of blood through a large artery in a limb

fusible (adj.) -- capable of being fused or melted by heating

nascence (n) -- a coming into being; birth

febrifuge (n/adj.) -- a medication that reduces fever; an antipyretic; acting to do this

08 September 2014

27 August 2014

Vocab 8/27/14

meretricious (adj.) -- 1. a. attracting attention in a vulgar manner; gaudy b. plausible but false or insincere; specious 2. Of or relating to prostitutes or prostitution

gaudy (adj.) -- showy in a tasteless or vulgar way

specious (adj.) -- having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious

26 August 2014

Vocab 8/26/14

quondam (adj.) -- that once was; former

biennial (adj.) -- lasting or living for two years

22 August 2014

Vocab 8/22/14

facetious (adj.) -- playfully jocular; humorous

loutish (adj.) -- having the characteristics of a lout; awkward, stupid, and boorish

lout (n) -- an awkward and stupid person; an oaf

lout (v) -- to bow or curtsy

oaf (n) -- a person regarded as stupid or clumsy

cutaneous (adj.) -- of, relating to, or affecting the skin

dermal (adj.) -- of or relating to the skin or dermis

beatific (adj.) -- showing or producing exalted joy or blessedness

malefic (adj.) -- having or exerting a malignant influence

malign (v) -- to make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about; speak evil of (adj.) -- evil in disposition, nature, or intent

ineluctable (adj.) -- not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable

21 August 2014

Vocab 8/21/14

debauchery (n) -- extreme indulgence in sensual pleasures; dissipation

debauch (n) -- the act or a period of debauchery (v) -- to corrupt morally

splenetic (adj.) -- 1. of or relating to the spleen 2. affected or marked by ill humor or irritability

temperance (n) -- moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression 

19 August 2014

Vocab 8/20/14 (FPFTP)

exonerate (v) -- to free from blame; acquit

scarab (n) -- a scarabaeid beetle, especially Scarabaeus sacer, regarded as sacred by the ancient Egyptians

Vocab 8/19/14

q.v. -- (Latin) quod vide, meaning "which see"

ibid. -- (Latin) ibidem, meaning "in the same place"; used in footnotes and bibliographies to refer to the book, chapter, article, or page cited just before

cacography (n) -- bad handwriting 

18 August 2014

Vocab 8/18/14

Ameslan (n) -- American Sign Language

obdurate (adj.) -- hardened against feeling; hardhearted

serein (n) -- (Physical Geography) fine rain falling from a clear sky after sunset, esp. in the tropics

Vocab 8/17/14 (PPFTF)

galosh (n) -- a waterproof shoe

necropsy (n) -- an examination and dissection of a dead body to determine cause of death or the changes produced by disease; autopsy

conduit (n) -- a pipe or channel for conveying fluids, such as water

15 August 2014

Vocab 8/16/14 (PPFTF)

malefactor (n) -- someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

formulary (n) -- a book or other collection of stated and fixed forms, such as prayers

pharmacopeia (n) -- a book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use

pincer (n) -- a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods

Vocab 8/15/14

spasmodically (adj.) -- relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive

libretto (n) -- the text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera

emolument (n) -- payment for an office or employment; compensation

shirk (v) -- to avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility)

14 August 2014

Vocab 8/14/14

brazen (adj.) -- marked by flagrant and insolent audacity

flagrant (adj.) -- conspicuously bad, offensive, or reprehensible

insolent (adj.) -- presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant

reprehend (v) -- to reprove; censure

reprove (v) -- to voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke

12 August 2014

Vocab 8/12/14

damsel (n) -- a young woman or girl; a maiden

maiden (n) -- 1. a. an unmarried girl or woman b. a virgin

diminutive (adj.) -- extremely small in size; tiny

11 August 2014

Vocab 8/11/14

convivial (adj.) -- fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable

ordinal (adj.) -- being of a specified position in a numbered series

bequest (v) -- 1. the act of giving or leaving personal property by a will 2. something that is bequeathed; a legacy

inert (adj.) -- unable to move or act

hippodrome (n) --1. Sports an arena for equestrian shows 2. an open-air stadium with an oval course for horse and chariot races in ancient Greece and Rome

equestrian (adj.) -- of or relating to horseback riding or horseback riders

08 August 2014

Vocab 8/8/14

klatsch (n) -- a casual social gathering, usually for conversation

06 August 2014

Vocab 8/6/14

fugue (n) -- Music an imitative polyphonic composition in which a theme or themes are stated successively in all of the voices of the contrapuntal structure

polyphony (n) -- music with two or more independent melodic parts sounded together

contrapuntal (adj.) -- of, relating to, or incorporating counterpoint

counterpoint (n) -- melodic material that is added above or below an existing melody

melody (n) -- a pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds 
Usage Note: It's interesting to me that "pleasing" is here, meaning that a melody can be somehow at least a little subjective. 

05 August 2014

Vocab 8/5/14

tacit (adj.) -- not spoken

tirade (n) -- a long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe

diatribe (n) -- a bitter, abusive denunciation

denunciation (n) -- the act or an instance of denouncing, especially a public condemnation or censure

denounce (v) -- to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible

reprehensible (adj.) -- to condemn openly as being evil or reprehensible

censorious (adj.) -- tending to censure; highly critical

stoic (adj./n) -- seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive; one who exhibits this characteristic

03 August 2014

8/4/14 (FPFTP)

vacillate (v) -- to swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another

sprig (n) -- 1. a. a small shoot or twig of a plant b. an ornament in this shape

prong (n) -- a thin, pointed, projecting part

brad (n) -- a thin wire nail with a small head or a slight side projection instead of a head

Vocab 8/3/14

contusion (n) -- an injury in which the skin is not broken; a bruise

propagation (n) -- multiplication or increase, as by natural reproduction

traduction (n) -- transmission from one to another

arboreal (adj.) -- relating to or resembling a tree

Vocab 8/2/14 (PPFTF)

locus (n) -- 1. a locality; a place 2. a center or focus of great activity or intense concentration
Usage Note: Pl. form: loci.

helix (n) -- Mathematics a three-dimensional curve that lies on a cylinder or cone, so that its angle to a plane perpendicular to the axis is constant

paralytic (adj.) -- of or relating to paralysis

Vocab 8/1/14 (PPFTF)

dactyl (n) -- a metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented or of one long syllable followed by two short, as in flattery

01 August 2014

The New Thing and an Apology for The Belated Monthly Dozer III

I've now appended a new site to the TLRH experience, as it were, (knowing fully [syntactically] that there is a repeating the in this sentence and that's because TLRH as a thing is being referred to objectively, thank you very much) which I think will be interesting to experiment with. It's basically a section-by-section analysis of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. I'll probably be posting a lot of new Vocab Words thanks to this. My hope with this is to effectively catalog my analysis of IJ while simultaneously enlightening the fellow reader and outlining the book for future reference. Fingers crossed, guys and gals.

Oh yeah, and I'm sorry for not having yet posted The Monthly Dozer III (July) in its PPFTF form; I'll get it out ASAP (subjectively). 

31 July 2014

Vocab 7/31/14

won ton (n) -- a noodle-dough dumpling filled typically with spiced minced pork or other ground meat, usually boiled in soup or fried and eaten as a side dish

30 July 2014

Vocab 7/30/14

nonpareil (n) -- a person that has no equal; a paragon
            (adj.) -- having no equal; peerless

paragon (n) -- a model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example

Gratuitously Short Update of Non-Transient Ephemrality # 2

Moved into Chris's room today. Understood I in that previous sentence. Understood There's an in the one before this one. Same for the one before this one. Understood It's the for the one before this one.

I moved all my books (by all I mean most) in here and took the XBox down and wasted an hour or two playing--or three--Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2. Then I watched four episodes of Lost. I stopped watching at Season 4, Episode 7. I'll probably watch it again after this. My god, is it good. I feel like in here I'm somehow subtly intruding on an old boarded up bunker. The shower's got a few spiders in it, multifoam ceiling tiles above me (some in disarray or with clear damp spots in them) as I try sweeping insect carcasses with my bare foot, the species of which insects' genera I have no idea as to the identity of. I'm going to try to learn about Taxonomic ranks sometime. There's some obliquely-ridged stain of who-knows-what on the shower's wall. The bed is comfortable, but creeks every chance it gets. I'm personifying it as a total dick, but it's really not--it's comfortable. I hope I can be more like Conor Oberst. I hope I can be like David Foster Wallace. I hope I can become myself (as ridiculous as it sounds) with the joy of being who and where I am. I hope this isn't a waste.

28 July 2014

Vocab 7/29/14

toccata (n) -- a virtuoso composition, usually for the organ or another keyboard instrument, in free style with brilliant passagework

somnolent (adj.) -- drowsy; sleepy

anhedonia (n) -- the absence of pleasure or the ability to experience it

soporific (adj.) -- inducing or tending to induce sleep

The Monthly Dozer II (June) 3/3: Dictated Recording* (PPFTF)

17 Jan. C43BCOP
Walsh L. Scott Memorial Library, Mindora, IL
Silent Loft (overlooking parking lot through frayed yellow glass window panes)


Really? From what angle [finger quotes] with respect to [end finger quotes] the wastebasket? How far is it we're talking?

I'd say maybe 45 to 55 feet, presenting an arc of 172.79 feet, give or take, from behind the two bike racks and an obstructive crowd of K5s playing futile marbles on the black top's oblique southeast corner, not to mention the 16- by 19-inch space of open window it had to pass through to make it into the lab's steel circular file, the diameter of which file's top's a somewhat daunting 11 inches in the corner nearest the room's subjective exit.

[whistles blatantly]

Byron insisted it was a lucky shot; he still insists it was luck.

I once pegged a nun at the Catholic school of my youth with a veritable paper wad myself, once. (sic.)

You attended a Catholic School?

Yes, a Catholic school--not one of these public New-European-Papacy-designated [finger quotes] Learning Centers, [end finger quotes] no.

I'm sure that was hard for you, given your condition.

You mean the crucifxes?

Yes, and--well, and the holy water, too.

The holy water wasn't really holy there. It was more like sterilized bottled water with your consumable disinfectants and what have you--

--Chlorine Dioxide additives and your Magnesium Sulfate and Potassium Chloride and Haloacetic Acids, I'm sure.

Yes, and yes, it was hard.

And but the eyes tend to reposit their tears in hard situations like that for those who are strong enough to affect that kind of reticence.

I cried like a newborn every night in my bunk, I assure you.

It's understandable for a child, even a small male child--

The other boys'd laught at me for crying, and so I'd cry even harder than before and they'd laugh harder and I'd cry harder and harder, et cetera, until I literally passed out from lack of oxygen-intake due to the replete number of tears and the waining amount of breathe between said tears.


Boy, that's pretty pathetic, I'd say.

It's a dog-eat-flower world, T'wall.

If that's meant to be analogous to life, I don't think the dog can be blamed; the flower analogue only serves as a justification for your being treated so poorly. The metaphorical dog's eating you is at its worst a sign of its compulsory savoir-faire for the continuance of some metaphysical "Circle of Life."

I think I'd prefer conversing with a less prodigious fourteen-year-old.

I think the adjectival modifier you were searching for was "precocious."

* T'wall's dialogue is colored in pale blue; Dr. Epiphantifang's is a pale purple.
† Cluck 43, Blue Cheese and Orange Peels.

The Monthly Dozer II (June) 2/3: Video (PPFTF)

The Monthly Dozer II (June) 1/3: Vocab (PPFTF)

hirsute (adj.) -- covered with hair; hairy

hispid (adj.) -- covered with stiff or rough hairs; bristly

crinosity (n) -- the state of being hairy 

chaetophobia (n) -- an abnormal fear of hair

cahier (n) -- a report, especially one concerning the policy or proceedings of a parliamentary group

charabanc (n) -- a large bus, typically used for sighseeing

chaplet (n) -- 1. a wreath or garland for the head 2. Roman Catholic Church a. a rosary having beads for five decades of Hail Marys b. the prayers counted on such a rosary 3. a string of beads

wreath (n) -- a ring or circlet of flowers, boughs, or leaves worn on the head, placed on a memorial, or hung as a decoration

garland (n) -- a wreath or festoon, especially one of plaited flowers or leaves, worn on the body or draped as a decoration

festoon (n) -- a string or garland, as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between two points

plait (n/v) -- a braid, especially of hair; the act of plaiting

catarrh (n) -- inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat

cabana (n) -- a shelter on a beach or at a swimming pool used as a bathhouse

caballero (n) -- a Spanish gentleman; a cavalier

cavalier (n) -- a gallant or chivalrous man, especially one serving as escort to a woman of high social position; a gentleman

tortuous (adj.) -- having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting

gallant (adj.) -- smartly or boldly stylish; dashing

chivalry (n) -- the medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood

paramour (n) -- a lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship

calumet (v) -- a long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples

cancan (n) -- an exuberant dance that originated in France, performed by women and marked by high kicking

cantharis (n) -- 1. a brilliant green blister beetle (Lytta vesicatoria or Cantharis vesicatoria) of central and southern Europe 2. cantharides (used with a sing. or pl. verb) a toxic preparation of the crushed, dried bodies of this beetle, formerly used as a counter-irritant for skin blisters and as an aphrodisiac

aphrodisiac (n) -- arousing or intensifying sexual desire

fulcrum (n) -- the point or support on which a lever pivots

canter (n) -- a smooth gait, especially of a horse, that is slower than a gallop but faster than a trot

torus (n) -- Architecture a large convex molding, semicircular in cross section, located at the base of a classical column

cantabile (adj.) -- in a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction

torsion (n) -- 1. a. the act of twisting or turning b. the condition of being twisted or turned 2. the stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction

canonize (v) -- to declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such

canthus (n) -- the angle formed by the meeting of the upper and lower eyelids at either side of the eye

canthisis (n) -- iinflammation of the canthus

cant (n/v) -- angular deviation from a vertical or horizontal plane or surface; an inclination or slope; to set at an oblique angle