Vocabulary Words

WilliamTwellman
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January 26th, 2007, 8:06 pm #1

I would be much obliged if people would post some of the bigger words in their vocabulary accompanied with a short defintion and optionally a ilte phrase showing how the word can be used. These can be taken from lierature or just from the top of your head. I think I am becoming a very good writer, but one thing I'm certain of is I have a relatively weak vocabulary. I'm looking to change that. One book I'd recommend to everyone is Word Power Made Easy. Reading through the book and taking the tests only takes a little time and it gets you going on finding words. I also usually find the vocab in the NYRB and I'm trying to look up words in novels that I don't know although I must admit, I find the practice taxing and it breaks my concentration/motivation to read. Here are a handful from Chabon's article on The Road:

- appurtenance : noun 1. something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory. 2. Law. a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.
ex. If the destruction is sufficiently great, life and its appurtenances are reduced to a kind of bleak perfection...

- pasquinade : noun 1. a satire or lampoon, esp. one posted in a public place.
ex. it can be read at least in part as a bloody pasquinade on the heroic literature of westward expansion.

- syllogism : –noun 1. Logic. an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise) contains the term (major term) that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other (minor premise) contains the term (minor term) that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term (middle term) that is excluded from the conclusion. A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.”
ex. This paradox, like a brutal syllogism, leads McCarthy...to conlcude the Road on a note of possible redemption.

let's get it going!
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January 26th, 2007, 8:56 pm #2

I'll put up words I especially love
and I warn you
hard to find any I don't
really love

(though I am not fond of
"nice"
and "lady" leaves
ashes in my mouth___)


interstitial -
I think of
betweens and margins
the lattice of spiderwork
my connective tissue

the places of part one thing/part another
where most everything fascinating happens

and it dances so subtle sexy on the lips
as you say it
requires the tongue to be
in several places
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Mudfrost
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January 26th, 2007, 11:02 pm #3

Alright, you know this word but:

periphery


Splendid sounding, don't you think?
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January 26th, 2007, 11:20 pm #4

O yessss definitely lovely
and also marginal zonish
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January 26th, 2007, 11:26 pm #5

Antidisestablishmentarianism


The most banal, pointless, derivative word ever invented... I love it!
Look Out Itchy - He's Irish!
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January 27th, 2007, 2:26 am #6

somnambulism for both sound and definition. Still most likely a word you know.

Sorry, I'm not following the rules very well. I'll bow out.
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January 27th, 2007, 2:45 am #7

mitching

skulking or lurking
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January 27th, 2007, 7:03 am #8

recalcitrant

This is one of my favourites in my language, though I'm not quite sure how it sounds to English ears...

The Oxford Concise says: obstinately disobidient, objecting to restraint
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind.
Blake
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January 27th, 2007, 1:47 pm #9

and, golganooza,
pairs very well
with one of my favorites

incorrigible

similarly disobedient disruptive
unrepentant
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January 27th, 2007, 7:12 pm #10

i am hung up over disembodied these days...
The love hoarded all your life ... for the work, and his lips still moved silently over that last word - TR
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