26 February 2015

Vocab 2/26/2015

empennage (n) -- the tail assembly of an aircraft, including the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, elevators, and rudder

visage (n) -- the face or facial expression of a person; countenance


countenance (n) -- appearance, especially the expression of the face; facial features


clincher (n) -- colloq. a point, fact, or remark that settles something conclusively; a decisive factor


syncope (n) -- 1. Grammar the shortening of a word by omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the middle of the word; for example, bos'n for boatswain 2. Medicine a brief loss of consciousness caused by inadequate blood flow to the brain


boatswain (n) -- a warrant officer or petty officer in charge of a ship's rigging, anchors, cables, and deck crew

20 February 2015

Vocab 2/20/15

doggo (adv.) -- in concealment: Martha lies doggo in the turnstile's tinted phone booth.

parthenogenesis (n) -- a form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods

logomania (n) -- a mania for words or talking

mania (n) -- an excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire

preternatural (n) -- surpassing what is normal or usual; extraordinary

ballast (n) -- heavy material that is carried to improve stability or maintain proper trim, as on a ship, or to limit buoyancy, as on a balloon

The Goings On I

So here I commence my invention of a supportive, alter-egoish persona: YGF.

YGF (Your Good Friend) is basically what I consider to be my letter-writing persona. I feel this is a nice facilitation for me, because I'm really very insecure in how I'm being perceived in letters and direct considerations and so forth. If you'd like to picture what exactly YGF might look like, just imagine a like a bust of a large, burly Caucasian face complete with sun-baked skin and a magnificent, jaw-encapsulating butt chin. Also, there're two round glasses with sheen hiding his eyes. a blonde wavy 'fro to rival '80s Zeus, and a golden halo floating in effulgence above the head. That's it. He's me; I'm him; we're one pee in a pod.

19 February 2015

Vocab 2/19/15

sphagnum (n) -- any of various mosses of the genus Sphagnum of wet acidic areas, having long fibrous leafy stems, the decomposed remains of which form a type of peat

18 February 2015

Vocab 2/18/15

askance (adv.) -- with disapproval, suspicion, or distrust

cloister (n) -- a covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle (v) -- to shut away from the world in or as if in a cloister; seclude

vicissitude (n) -- a change or variation; the quality of being changeable; mutability

06 February 2015

Vocab 2/6/15

apropos (adj.) -- at an appropriate time; opportunely

Note: I just found out I was admitted to BSC. 

04 February 2015

Vocab 2/5/15

perspicacious (adj.) -- having or showing penetrating mental discernment; clear-sighted

paginate (v) -- to number the pages of; page


catheter (n) -- a hollow flexible tube for insertion into a body cavity, duct, or vessel to allow the passage of fluids or distend a passageway; its uses include the drainage of urine from the bladder through the urethra or insertion through a blood vessel into the heart for diagnostic purposes


cabal (n) -- a conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers

ziggurat (n) -- a temple tower of ancient Mesopotamia, having the form of a terraced pyramid of successively receding stories

Vocab 2/4/15

captious (adj.) -- marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults

defunct (adj.) -- having ceased to exist or live

scruple (n) -- 1. an uneasy feeling arising from conscience or principle that tends to hinder action 2. a unit of apothecary weight equal to about 1.3 grams, or 20 grains

amiable (adj.) -- friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable

belie (v) -- to give a false representation to; misrepresent

03 February 2015

Interesting Stuff I

  • Abduction is movement away from the center, as spreading the toes or fingers apart.
  • Adduction is movement toward the midline of the body, as bringing the fingers and toes together. (Adduction and abduction always refer to movements of the appendicular skeleton).
  • Angular motion is comprised of flexion, extension, adduction, and abduction. Each is based on reference to a certain anatomical position.
  • Circumduction is a special type of angular motion, described as making circular movements as moving the arm in a loop.
  • Dorsiflexion / Plantar flexion refers to movements of the foot. Dorsiflexion is the movement of the ankle while elevating the sole, as if digging in the heel. Plantar flexion is the opposite movement, extending the ankle and elevating the heel, as ifstanding on tiptoes.
  • Elevation / Depression occurs when a structure moves in a superior or inferior direction, as the mandible is depressed when the mouth is opened and elevated when the mouth is closed.
  • Extension occurs in the same plane as flexion, except that it increases the angle between articulating elements. Extension reverses the movement of flexion. Hyperextension is a continuation of movement past the anatomical position, which can cause injury.
  • Flexion is movement in the anterior-posterior plane that reduces the angle between the articulating elements as in bringing the head toward the chest; that is, flexing the intervertebral joints of the neck.
  • Gliding occurs when two opposing surfaces slide past each other as between articulating carpals and tarsals and between the clavicles and sternum.
  • Opposition is a special movement of the thumb which enables it to grasp and hold an object.
  • Pronation / Supination refers to the rotation of the distal end of the radius across the anterior surface of the ulna. This rotation moves the wrist and hand from palm-facing-front (supination) to palm-facing-back (pronation).
  • Protraction entails moving a part of the body anteriorly in the horizontal plane, as in jutting the face forward to gain distance at a finish line.
  • Retraction is the reverse movement of protraction as in pulling the jaw back towards the spine.
  • Rotation involves turning the body or a limb around the longitudinal axis, as rotating the arm to screw in a lightbulb.


Vocab 2/1/15 (PPFTF)

augury (n) -- the art, ability, or practice of auguring; divination

augur (n) -- one of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens (v) -- to predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell

divination (n) -- the art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means of augury or an alleged supernatural agency