I’m changing things up a bit today; I’ve decided to do my vocabulary while there was still some light left to the day. I’ve sorted out 15 cards/day (and I’ve a total of 7.5 days left worth of words). I’ve “learned” 190 words. This is exciting to me. I see them when I read, I think about them during the day; it’s extremely cool. I’m even considering getting a dictionary that I can just pick words at random to learn every day. For now, though, here’s the next batch:
1. vantage — position giving advantage. The movie “Vantage Point” has really helped solidify my understanding of this word.
2. germane — relevant. I’d like to think of Jermaine Jackson as relevant (but unfortunately, I think all of the Jacksons are pretty irrelevant).
3. insouciant — nonchalant. This seemed like a fun French word off the bat. When I learned its definition, I knew I would remember it without aid. Fuckin’ French.
4. seethe — to be disturbed. Well that sure is a nice way of putting it, no? I think of it on a much greater level.
5. whorl — ring. Is this the “whorl” in “give it a whirl?” Are they one and the same? Weird, they’re not, but they’re quite closely linked. You can whirl in a whorl. Neat-o.
6. expatiate — to speak or write at some length. You would need length to explain something. Those words sound similar, yah.
7. pungent — stinging; sharp in taste or smell. I’ve certainly heard of a pungent odor before. This one needs no link.
8. quibble — minor objection or complaint. It just sounds like a mini-fight. “Mom and dad were just having a quibble, honey. Now go back to bed.”
9. whimsical — fanciful. Another no-brainer.
10. esoteric — hard to understand; known by only few. “Eso” means “that” in Spanish, which is quite difficult to understand if you don’t speak it.
11. neophyte — beginner. Broken down this word means “new” “characteristic,” so beginner pretty much just fits in there.
12. ennui — boredom. This I would not have guessed. And this is the crazy way in which I will remember it: My UI is very boring. So IN my UI is BOREDOM. Y’know what’s weird? That’ll work.
13. penchant — inclination. Whee! I knew it before i wrote it!
14. irascible — easily angered. Most people at my job would tell you I am quite irascible. They don’t understand that I’m just busy, only have four hours, and they never stop interrupting me.
15. vapid — having lost quality and flavor; dull; lifeless. Has the life just been vaporized out of there?? Sad, really.
And now I am supposed to go read that Psych article, but I get the feeling a nap is going to win, ’cause it always does. I should just give in to this napping stuff. According to the calendar I’ve set up for myself, I should be okay if I get my ass up by 7:30. That’s two whole hours. And I would absolutely have to read that article over the weekend sometime. But I can handle that.
Good ni- er, evening, everyone!