useful, yet unusual, words Flashcards

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oporopolist
fruit-seller
poppycock
nonsense; bosh.
pother
commotion; uproar.
besot
to infatuate; obsess:
raiment
clothing; apparel; attire.
amalgam
a mixture or combination:
succor
help; relief; aid; assistance.
doohickey
a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.
lustrum
a period of five years.
spate
a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring:
panjandrum
a self-important or pretentious official.
kitsch
something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.
discomfit
to confuse and deject; disconcert:
interrobang
a printed punctuation mark ‽, available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark ? and the exclamation point , indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
unusual
not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional:
lollapalooza
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
purview
the range of operation, authority, control, concern, etc.
balaclava
a close-fitting, knitted cap that covers the head, neck, and tops of the shoulders, worn esp. by mountain climbers, soldiers, skiers, etc.
manacle
a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
flibbertigibbet
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
flump
to plump down suddenly or heavily; flop.
spadille
the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber.
militate
to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily:
fervent
having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.; ardent:
cuneiform
having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
sinuous
having many curves, bends, or turns; winding:
proxemic
the study of the symbolic and communicative role in a culture of spatial arrangements and variations in distance, as in how far apart individuals engaged in conversation stand depending on the degree of intimacy between them.
bugbear
any source, real or imaginary, of needless fright or fear.
inveigle
To entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements usually fol. by into:
callithumpian
a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
parsec
a unit of distance equal to that required to cause a heliocentric parallax of one second of an arc, equivalent to 206,265 times the distance from the earth to the sun, or 3.26 light-years.
occiput
the back part of the head or skull.
zedonk
the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.
gulag
any prison or detention camp, esp. for political prisoners.
placard
a paperboard sign or notice, as one posted in a public place or carried by a demonstrator or picketer.
cantle
the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward.
aberration
the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
beau geste
a fine or noble gesture, often futile or only for effect.
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.
Tingo (Pascuense)
To borrow from a friend until he has nothing left.
ort
a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.
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