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).