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

13 July 2014

Vocab 7/13/14

cantankerous (adj.) -- ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable

10 July 2014

Vocab 7/10/14

slough (n) -- 1. a depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire 2. the dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian
           (v) -- to be cast off or shed; come off

09 July 2014

Vocab 7/9/14

ebullient (adj.) -- zestfully enthusiastic

zest (n) -- flavor or interest; piquancy.

piquancy (n) -- pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy

tart (adj.) -- having a sharp pungent taste; sour

tantamount (adj.) -- equivalent in effect or value

laud (v) -- to give praise to; glorify
        (n) -- praise; glorification

homophone (n) -- one of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling

cataleptic (adj.) -- of or relating to catalepsy 

catalepsy (n) -- a condition characterized by lack of response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed; it is known to occur in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis

07 July 2014

Vocab 7/8/14 FPFTP

organelle (n) -- a differentiated structure within a cell, such as a mitochondrion, vacuole, or chloroplast, that performs a specific function*

* TBD.a
          a. Ref. to § 2 of Notes.

Vocab 7/7/14

churlish (adj.) -- of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar

churl (n) -- a rude, boorish person

boorish (adj.) -- resembling or characteristic of a boor; rude and clumsy in behavior

boor (n) -- a person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement

uncouth (adj.) -- crude; unrefined

vulgar (adj.) -- crudely indecent

flagellate (v) -- to whip or flog; scourge

scourge (v) -- a source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war 

pestilence (n) -- a  usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague

epidemic (n) -- an outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely
            (adj.) -- spreading rapidly and extensively by infection and affecting many individuals in an area or a population at the same time

contiguous (adj.) -- sharing an edge or boundary; touching

raconteur (n) -- one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit

Vocab 7/6/14 (PPFTF)

duplicity (n) -- 1. a. deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech b. an instance of deliberate deceptiveness; double-dealing

02 July 2014

Vocab 7/1/14

extrapolate (v) -- to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information

01 July 2014

Vocab 6/30/14

pander (v) -- to act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer

liaison (n) -- an instance or a means of communication between different groups or units of an organization, especially in the armed forces

odious (adj.) -- arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure

quintessence (n) -- the pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing