Posted by: mchleen | August 7, 2009


vocabularyI just cracked open a new book and while delivering on the anticipated entertainment value it’s also actually improving me!  …As opposed my last couple of selections which were pure brain candy (Anthony Kiedis’s “Scar Tissue” and Nicole Richie’s “The Truth About Diamonds”)* and to be perfectly honest, selections that I should be ashamed to cop to picking up let alone sacrificing valuable and much-needed solitary time.

It’s been some time since I read a book that necessitated a pause to look up a word in Good Ol’ Webster’s Unabridged, and I like it! I’m learning a few new words and clarifying some that have lapsed foggy and dusty in the recesses of my brain. I’m entertained with a fabulously entertaining tale of Irish-Catholic class struggle** andjumpstarting some hibernating synapses. Win/Win!

Maybe my sharing them with you will be exciting…but more likely, not. But this here is my blog so’s I’m a’doin it.

  • peroration (n): the concluding part of a speech or discourse, in which the speaker or writer recapitulates the principal points and urges them with greater earnestness and force.
  • Anacreontic (adj): of or in the manner of Anacreon (circa 570-480 B.C.; Greek writer, especially of love poems and drinking songs)
  • lycanthropic (adj): the supposed or fabled assumption of the form of a wolf by a human being.
  • cochleae (n): the spiral-shaped cavity forming a division of the internal ear in man and in most other mammals.
  • simulacrum (n): a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance; an effigy, image, or representation.
  • semiotic (adj): pertaining to signs; symptomatic; a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches or pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.
  • gerrymander(v/n): to manipulate unfairly; the dividing or a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few a number of districts as possible (named after Elbridge Gerry, governor of MA, whose party redistricted the state in 1812).

There.  Now don’t you feel smarter?

* “Scar Tissue” = heroin, heroin, heroin. “The Truth About Diamonds”= absolute garbage, except for the chapter that is a juicy but transparent-as-a-window smackdown on Paris Hilton.

** “Closing Time”by Joe Queenan, BTW.


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