This day is brought to you by Pearl Jam’s Ten. I don’t know why, but I have been obsessively listening to the album today. Maybe it’s because this is Lesson Ten?
Actually, that’s not the reason at all, I had to look back at the blog to figure out what number I’m at. But I’ve got to say, I’m a big fan of random coincidences.
Dilatory- intended to delay
My four year old brother decided to resort to dilatory measures. He hid my keys to prevent me from leaving him to go to Albany.
Dilettante- someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic.
Dilettantes get under my skin; they claim to be experts of the 90’s grunge scene when they’ve only listened to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the radio.
Flag- to decline in vigor, strength, or interest
If you don’t eat before you go on a long bike ride, your stamina will flag.
Inure- to harden; accustom; become used to
As hard as it can sometimes be, I’m inuring to living life without my former partner in crime.
Invective- abusive language
The bums who frequently camp by my apartment building shout invectives at passers-by almost every night. Needless to say, I call the police a lot. A girl has to get her beauty rest these days.
Latent- potential that is not readily apparent
I always recognized the latent ambition inside of you. One day you will flourish when presented with the right opportunity.
Pare- to trim off excess; reduce
Many companies have pared off their non-essential employees to cut back on costs.
Phalanx- a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things.
The phalanx of philosophy students would often study and socialize together.
Placate- to soothe or pacify
My dog always knows how to placate me when I’m having a bad day. No matter how mad or sad I am, she will always wag her tail and cuddle with me while we watch TV.
Prescient- having foresight
The psychic claimed to be prescient about the future.
When a deer sees headlights, they either are quiescent or the bolt away from the road.
Sacrosanct- extremely sacred; beyond criticism
Cows are sacrosanct in the Hindu religion.
Syncopation- temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
The musicians were sick and tired of playing their songs to 4/4 time so they decided to tweak them of with spurts of syncopation.
Taciturn- silent; not talkative
Compared to Bono and the Edge, the other two members of U2 are taciturn and tend to shy away from the public eye.
Tome– book, usually large and academic
The professor used to boast about researching from his many tomes.