28 April 2014

David Foster Wallace & Bryan Garner on The Connection [2001]

DFW and Bryan A. Garner offer some exposition of proper SWE congenial to the interests of listeners as veritably SNOOTY as they are.

22 April 2014

Vocab 4/22/14

intrinsic (adj.) - of or relating to the essential nature of a thing; inherent  

antiquity (n) - the quality of being old or ancient; considerable age
conflagration (n) - a large destructive fire
caprice (n) - an impulsive change of mind

orthography (n) - the art or study of correct spelling according to established usage
colloquialism (n) - a colloquial expression

 colloquial (adj.) - characteristic of or appropriate to the spoken language or to writing that seeks the effect of speech; informal  

usurp (v) - to seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force or without legal authority

pragmatic (adj.) - dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
  polemic (n) - a controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine

alacrity (n) - cheerful willingness; eagerness

21 April 2014

The Belated, Unfinished Vocab 4/5/14

belletristic (adj.) -- of or relating to a writer of belles-lettres (belletrists)  

belles-lettres (n) -- literature regarded for its aesthetic value rather than its didactic or informative content

didactic (adj.) -- intended to instruct

Vocab 4/21/14

benighted (adj.) - overtaken by night or darkness

penchant (n) - a definite liking; a strong inclination

desiccate (v) - to dry out thoroughly

deft (adj.) - quick and skillful; adroit

adroit (adj.) - dextrous; deft

arbitrary (adj.) - determined by chance, whim, or impulse, and not by necessity, reason, or principle

apt (n) - exactly suitable; appropriate

subvert (v) - to destroy completely; ruin

alimony (n) - 1. law an allowance for support made under court order to a divorced person by the former spouse, usually the chief provider during the marriage; alimony may also be granted without a divorce, as between legally separated persons 2. a means of livelihood; maintenance

04 April 2014

Vocab 4/4/14

expurgate (v) - to remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication

innocuous (adj.) - having no adverse effect; harmless

adverse (adj.) - acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic

connote (v) - to suggest or imply in addition to literal meaning

denote (v) - to mark; indicate: the grimace, which--all could see--denoted pain-endurance of the most intrepid kind.

intrepid (v) - resolutely courageous; fearless

astringent (adj.) - medicine tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic

stypic (adj.) - contracting the tissues or blood vessels

mnemonic (adj.) - relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory

gustatory (adj.) - of or relating to the sense of taste: the gustatory pleasure elicited by not only the malt milkshake's chocolate layers but the licorice-flavored straw Martha drank it with as well

02 April 2014

Vocab 4/2/14

ambiversion (n) -- a personality trait including the qualities of both introversion and extroversion

vapid (adj.) -- lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull

adjure (v) -- to recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate

repudiate (v) -- to reject the validity or authority of

frivolity (n) -- the quality or condition of being frivolous

frivolous (adj.) -- unworthy of serious attention; trivial