21 June 2014

Vocab 6/21/14

deposit (v) -- to put or set down; place

reposit (v) -- to put away; store

20 June 2014

Vocab 6/19/14 (PPFTF)

exeunt (v) -- used as a stage direction to indicate that two or more performers leave the stage

florid (adj.) -- flushed with rosy color; ruddy

repartee (n) -- a swift, witty reply

sultry (adj.) -- very humid and hot

turducken (n) -- a boned turkey stuffed with a boned duck that is stuffed with a small boned chicken, sometimes also containing a breadcrumb or sausagemeat stuffing

18 June 2014

Vocab 6/18/14

satyr (n) -- often Satyr Greek Mythology a woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry

revelry (n) -- boisterous merrymaking

boisterous (adj.) -- rough and stormy; violent

pallid (adj.) -- having an abnormally pale or wan complexion

wan (adj.) -- unnaturally pale, as from physical or emotional distress

anecdote (n) -- a short account of an interesting or humorous incident

vagary (n) -- an extravagant or erratic notion or action

erratic (adj.) -- having no fixed or regular course; wandering

17 June 2014

Vocab 6/17/14

Q. E. D. -- an initialism of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum, originating from the Greek analogous hóper édei deîxai (ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι), meaning "which had to be demonstrated," designating the end of a proof or theorem

analog (n) -- something that bears an analogy to something else

Q. E. F. -- quod erat faciendum, originating from the Greek geometers' closing ὅπερ ἔδει ποιῆσαι (hoper edei poiēsai), meaning "which had to be done," designating the end of a construction

16 June 2014

Vocab 6/15/14 (PPFTF)

dichotomy (n) -- division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions

inculcate (v) -- to impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill

14 June 2014

Vocab 6/14/14

derelict (adj.) -- deserted by an owner or keeper; abandoned

pervade (v) -- spread or diffuse through

corpus (n) -- a large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject

13 June 2014

Vocab 6/13/14

incursion (n) -- an aggressive entrance into foreign territory; a raid or invasion

paucity (n) --smallness of number; fewness

freegan (n) -- a person who, through opposition to capitalism and consumerism, attempts to live without buying consumer goods, recycling discarded goods instead


stoic (n/adj.) -- one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain; of or relating to this indifference; impassive

gloze (v) -- to minimize or underplay; gloss

funambulist (n) -- an acrobat who performs on a tightrope or slack rope

acumen (n) -- shrewdness shown by keen insight

fabrifuge (n/adj.) -- any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever; acting to reduce fever; antipyretic

antipyretic (adj./n) -- reducing or tending to reduce fever; something that does this

10 June 2014

Excerpt Intended for "The Abstract Wall": Lamron's Recurring Dream

"It's daytime, probably a weekday, and I'm just there in the middle of that crosswalk off Abalene 41st and Daremill, between lights, pointing my finger like a stick at the sun. It's pointed pointedly like a small but proportionately long, straight wooden-but-not twigish limb at the radiant god of daylight. And then, suddenly, the people walking around me begin standing very still beside themselves. One of them, a little pale-white girl in a long yellow floral-motif dress with orange cloth pedals that oscillate irregularly in movement along its bottom hem (but otherwise are still as can be), begins to look increasingly like a short stalk of wheat. I don't know how, but she does; the dress begins lacerating itself into thousands of tan wheat stems, and her entire pig-tailed head ripples into a flurry of swaying spikelets--the thing a bunch of little things. The blond hair grows into a sea of individually ciliated awns that shine golden in the sunlight mirrored from the angled facades of the buildings overhead. She's completely and one-hundred percent a stalk of wheat rooted to the crosswalk. But it's then I notice that everyone's a stalk of wheat rooted to the intersection. And every intersection visible in every direction from that one has all crossers now wheat stalks--all drivers sagging cylinders of wheat unkempt inside their still cars' seat-belts--as far as the eyes can see for, until the eyes look down and see, too, that their body's own lower portion is lacerating into stems and nothing is any longer visible at all because the air of the whole wide tangible world is numbing up and seeping into the divided insides to blow the eyes' head's thoughts away with the breeze before we are all of us cut down and harvested blindly--only feeling. Then I wake up sometime after or before."

04 June 2014

Vocab 6/4/15

toxophilic (adj.) -- easily susceptible to poison; having affinity for toxins

monotony (n) -- uniformity or lack of variation in pitch, intonation, or inflection

portent (n) -- an indication of something important or calamitous about to occur; an omen

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

desultory (adj.) -- having no set plan; haphazard or random

hallow (v) -- to make or set apart as holy

obtuse (adj.) -- not sharp, pointed, or acute in form; blunt

celestial (adj.) -- of or relating to the sky or the heavens

largess (n) -- liberality in bestowing gifts, especially in a lofty or condescending manner

02 June 2014

Gratuitously Short Update of Non-Transient Ephemrality # 1

I put in Lost Season 1 disc two. The small Sansui television set relays via LED a "recursive loop," as it were (a "DWFism" prevalent in Infinite Jest), of the main menu's ominous music and recurring 30-60 second video of vines swinging just slightly in the foreground as rain falls heavily onto a plane's detached cockpit in the middle of a forest behind them (the vines), Menu Options slightly obscured in their monochromatic accordance to the image behind them--pale green/blue. E's messaged me to start it. Lulu's curled into the ball-like fetal form she takes on when she's sleeping, which is often and unmitigated due to her more-than-likely unfulfilled house life. I can't imagine the tedious monotony of being a dog in this day and age. The empathy, of course, fades almost immediately as Jack's childhood flashback cuts to a panicked shore-front swim. I don't have time to think about why I don't have time to think about why I don't have time to think about (etc.) Lulu's sad K9 reality. Maybe she's happy.

Vocab 6/3/14 (FPFTP)

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

magnanimous (adj.) -- courageously noble in mind and heart

onomatopoeia (n) -- the formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to
Usage Note: Adjectival and adverbial forms consist of the following variants: on•o•mat•o•poe•ic (-tic) and on•o•mat•o•poe•ic•al•ly (-poe•tic•al•ly)

garrulous (adj.) -- given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative

loquacious (adj.) -- very talkative; garrulous

quaggy (adj.) -- resembling a marsh; soggy

addlepated (adj.) -- befuddled; confused

flout (v) -- to show contempt for; scorn

clientele (n) -- the clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group

client (n) -- the party for which professional services are rendered, as by an attorney

Vocab 6/2/14

munificent (adj.) -- very liberal in giving; generous

opprobrium (n) -- disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy

ignominy (n) -- great personal dishonor or humiliation

Vocab 5/30/14 (PPFTF)

polygamy (n) -- the condition or practice of having more than one spouse at one time

suffuse (v) -- to spread through or over, as with liquid, color, or light

fraught (adj.) -- filled with a specified element or elements; charged

anonymity (n) -- the quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged

immiscible (adj.) -- that cannot undergo mixing or blending