Thursday, August 10, 2006

Vocab Word #1

As we discussed in class, one of your first assignments is to find a word that could add to your vocabulary. When you find a good word, please add it as a comment to this post, along with the original sentence in which the word appeared, the source of the sentence, and a short definition in your own words. Your word should be unique in the class; that is, you shouldn't post the same word as someone else. Therefore, before you post your word and definition, read through the existing comments to see if your word is there already. If it is, you need to find another word.


Lacey C said...
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Lacey C said...


"Optimum darkness occurs at oh-three hundred hours," he says, looking at the new watch his mom gave him, the kind that tells you want time it is in Tokyo, just in case you're wondering.
-The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Optimum is showing that something is enjoyable or favorable.

Erin O said...


"I am, of course, a mere student," said I, with a fatuous smile, "hardly more, I might say, than an earnest inquirer."
The Lost World by Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

Fatuous meaning stupid,crazy, unintelligent, foolish..etc.

Amy B said...


-"If you choose to go to Florida it will be an auspicious experience."
-My mom said it to me when helping me make a desicion about a soccer tournament to go to.
-Auspicious means to promise success and opportunites.

Jessica M. said...


"Every week that palaver goes on, taking the old man to Midwick Hospital Outpatients and back again."
Searching for Summer by Joan Aiken
Palaver is to talk idly and to chatter

Kyle said...


"And God sid, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let ir divide the waters from the waters."
-The World of Myth,David Adams Leeming
Firmament is the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

Anna L said...


"Wasting public time. Every week that palaver goes on, taking the old man to Midwick Hostital Outpatients and back again."
-Searching for Summer: by Joan Aiken

-palaver:{noun}usless chatter

Marcus P said...


"Lalla had always been such a certain person, so posotive, so unveering from a chosen course, That they were all thken by surprise by her vacillating indecision as to what she was going to do with her life."
-Lalla Rosamunde Pilcher

vacillating-adj.-swinging indecisively from on course of action or opinion to another

Jenn W said...
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Jenn W said...


"cars and buses would pour in that direction for days in an unavailing search for warmth and light." Searching for summer pg.1

unavailing means useless or ineffective.

7:40 PM

Emma R said...

“He was shuddering and the rage was alchemizing into desperation.”
-The Vampire Lestat pg 230
In this sentence, the word "alchemizing” is used to describe a form of transformation. However, the literal meaning is the process of turning base metals into gold through the process of alchemy which is an early form of science.

Josh T said...

"Bailey and Sanders went for the mizzen, and Hayes and Lombardo trimmed foresail."
-Antarctica by Peter Lerangis
Mizzen meaning the front of the ship.

Cole C said...

"...drew himself a last glass of beer from the barrel in the scullery."
Animal Farm, George Orwell p1
A scullery is a room that is like a pantry. Where things can be stored.

Jeff M said...


"The sun was at it's zenith..."

The point directly above.

Brandy Z said...

"I look into her swollen red eyes. She syill has a hangover from last night's stupor."
-A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer
Stupor means a condition of greatly dulled or comepletely suspended sense or sensibility.

Tyler S said...


"Progressive admires, though, hailed Pei's seventy-one-foot-tall transparent pyramid as a dazaling synergyof ancient structure and modern method- a symbolic link between the old and the new- helping usher the Louve into the next millenium"
-The Davinci Code by Dan Brown

Synergy in the interaction of two or more forces that there combined effects are greater than there individual effects.....working together to make a more powerfull team.

Joshp said...

Marooned- To abandon or isolate with little hope of ready rescue or escape:

After the plane crashed that marooned in the wilderness.

Morgan M said...


"In dubious battle."

Dubious- Of uncertain outcome or doubtful quality.

alex c said...


"Remember, you have to be unequivocaly sure"
-My Father said this to me when he was explaining what to do with my vocabulary homework.

Unequivocal means that you are absolutly, without doubt sure of what you are saying.

Clear; having one meaning or interpretaion

Chris T said...

Dike:A wall or fence of turf or stone

"Burke shifted his fire to the NVA company's main body, which now appeeared to be charging over the dike."
-Marine Sniper by Charles Henderson