March Word List 2017

I've been so busy this month... and I thought January was rough, just another word list, please forgive me for these being a bit thin on these lately.

anarchy - a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority
atonement - reparation for a wrong or injury.
conformity - compliance with standards, rules, or laws.
fidelity - faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support
gluttony - habitual greed or excess in eating
maturation - the action or process of maturing
mortality - the state of being subject to death
predestination - the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some and not others
sloth - reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness
hitherto - until now or until the point in time under discussion
unrequited - not returned or rewarded
fortitude - courage in pain or adversity
reticent - not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily; reserved.
tenuous - very weak or slight
galvanize - shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action
suppress - forcibly put an end to
prolific - producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring
imperial - relating to an empire
affluent - having a great deal of money; wealthy
contingent - subject to chance
belittle - make (someone or something) seem unimportant
fabricate - to invent or concoct (something), typically with deceitful intent

Romeo and Juliet Playlist

Another creative writing prompt! For my Romeo and Juliet final Project in English, I decided to choose to make a mixed CD playlist for the play, for each song that fit the storyline and plot of the play. Each song explains a problem or event that happened, relating to the characters.
  1. Diary By Alicia Keys
Diary by Alicia Keys was written 10 years ago. It’s a slow R’N’B song, about how if someone you love has a secret they can't tell anyone else, they can depend on you to keep it, like a diary. This relates to Romeo and Juliet because when the two plan to get married and move away, they rely on Friar Lawrence to keep their secrets safe. they trust him to keep them safe and lock their secrets away, never to tell similar to a diary.

     2.) Fireproof by One Direction
Fireproof by One Direction was released last year, a slow tempo song about being invincible and in love with someone. The lyrics talk about “no one loving you the way I do” and “no one saves me the way you do”. It goes on to say that “we’re fireproof”. This applies to Romeo and Juliet because since the minute the two met, they were attracted to each other and 1were inseparable. They were believed to be destined to be together and that their love was ,fireproof’.

    3.) Happily by One Direction
Happily was a song by One Direction two years ago. It’s an upbeat pop song about two people being together happily. A lyric goes “I don't care what people say when we’re together”, which reminded me of the story. No matter what Romeo and Juliet heard or knew about each other and their family, they wanted to be together, because that’s what made them happy.

   4.) Heaven by Beyonce
Heaven by Beyonce is a slow piano song with deep ballads and message. In the song she sings about a loved one dying and going to heaven, too soon. “Heaven couldn't wait for you, so go on, go home.”. This reminds me of Romeo and Juliet because both love eachother very much but both died very young and were taken away from each other.

5.) If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys is another R’N’B song about how two people need each other. How those two people feel incomplete when they are not around each other. This relates to Romeo and Juliet because ever since the moment they meet, they want to be together regardless. They felt ‘incomplete’ without each other. This is obvious when Juliet asks Romeo to marry her, because she wants to be with him.

6.) Love by Keyshia Cole
Love by Keyshia Cole is a jazz song about love, obviously. In her song she sings “ I didn't know what I was missing, until we started kissing”. This reminds me of the Romeo and Juliet movie when they're in the elevator, kissing, but then get separated. They find love in their kiss something they both didn't have before.

7.) Love Story by Taylor Swift
Love Story by Taylor Swift was a popular song when it came out, and a very obvious choice for this assignment. Obviously, the song is about the Romeo and Juliet story and she described it perfectly. In the song, it tells about the family feud and the reason they can't be together. Both the song and storyline stress the separation of the two lovers. Even though Taylor's song had a different ending, the message is still there.

8.) Somewhere Only We Know by Keane
Somewhere Only We Know is an indie song by the band Keane. In the song it talks about when two people are separated and need to escape with each other, they can go to a place only they know. This reminds me of when Romeo and Juliet plan to leave their hometown and escape to a new village. They plan to escape and go somewhere only they will know about, somewhere where they're families can't find them.

9.) My Boo by Alicia Keys ft. Usher
My Boo is a duet between Alicia Keys and Usher. A lyric in the song goes “It started when we were younger you were mine, my boo”. This correlates to Romeo and Juliet because they were together when they were young. They belonged together, each others ‘boo’.

10.) FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul Mccartney
FourFiveSeconds is a song by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul Mccartney, aa song that perfectly describes the fight scene between Romeo and Mercutio. In the song, the chorus goes  “...Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness. Now I’m FourFiveSeconds from wildin’...”, which relates to when Romeo at first doesn't want to fight Mercutio, he’s trying to be kind, but Mercutio just thinks Romeo is scared and chicken so he pushes him further. This causes Romeo to eventually kill Mercutio, which relates to the second part of the lyrics.

February Word List 2017

Another month, another list! The long list of words probably has to do with the amount of SAT prep I've been doing lately. It's good for the long run but definitely more work for me now.

vagariesan unexpected and inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior. 
dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
crux - the decisive or most important point at issue; core, essence.
insignia - a badge or distinguishing mark of military rank, office, or membership of an organization; an official emblem
Jellicle - a type of feline mentioned in T. S. Eliot's book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
cretaceous - relating to or denoting the last period of the Mesozoic era, between the Jurassic and Tertiary periods.
vacillate - alternate or waver between different opinions or actions; be indecisive.
crypt - an underground room or vault beneath a church, used as a chapel or burial place
novice - a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation
penitent - feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong
avaricious -  having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain
scrupulous - diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details
magnanimous - very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself
amiable - having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
dissertation - a long essay on a particular subject
detractors - a person who disparages someone or something
engenders - to cause or give rise to
credence - belief in or acceptance of something as true
expound  - present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail.
delineated - describe or portray (something) precisely
prose - written or spoken language in its ordinary form
logistics - the detailed coordination of a complex operation involving many people, facilities, or supplies.
divisive - tending to cause disagreement or hostility between people
warily - cautiously; carefully
seldom - not often; rarely
miserly - relating to or characteristic of a miser; mean.
reticent - not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
munificent - larger or more generous than is usual or necessary
garrulous - excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
effusive - expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
vociferous - vehement or clamorous
inquisitive - curious or inquiring
poignant - evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret
holistic - characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole
dutiful - conscientiously or obediently fulfilling one's duty
elusive - difficult to find, catch, or achieve
pheromones - a chemical substance produced and released into the environment by an animal
mitigate - make less severe, serious, or painful
squalid - extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect
eloquent - fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing
superfluous - unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
impervious - unable to be affected by
infallible - incapable of making mistakes or being wrong
vacillation - the inability to decide between different opinions or actions
bolstered - to support or strengthen
stymied - prevent or hinder the progress of
disgruntled - angry or dissatisfied
spurious - not being what it purports to be; false or fake
idyllic - extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
gauche - lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward
refute - to prove (a statement or theory) to be wrong or false
imminent - about to happen
felicitous - well chosen or suited to the circumstances
fusing - join or blend to form a single entity
sodomy - sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation
equivocation - the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself
parsimony - extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources
mendicancy - the condition of being a beggar
appertaining - relate to

Lonely and Horny

I recently, finally got the chance to rent 'Lonely and Horny' on Vimeo, a short original series by Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld.

Now, here's some backstory:

I've been a fan of Jake and Amir, I think since either 8th grade or freshman year of high school. I've always loved their web series, and I still find myself constantly quoting all the dumb jokes from it that I thought were insanely funny. Since last November-ish, I started binging their If I Were You Podcast,  the only advice podcast on the internet, hosted by them.

When they ended Jake and Amir to start working on their TV Show pilot/series, I was so ecstatic and couldn't wait for it to air. I couldn't see any reason as to why it wouldn't be greenlighted. Needless to say, I  was very annoyed and disappointed when it didn't get picked up. It was so heartbreaking, I loved their series for so long, and now they end their web series, and don't even get a TV spinoff of said series? It was so tragic for me I thought it was the last I'd ever hear of Jake and Amir.

But now, they've come back from their content hiatus. Well, that's an exaggeration. They did create their own podcast network, with 46 different and unique podcasts included on it. They've been touring for these podcasts, not only all over the states but also all over the world. So they've definitely been busy. But I've always craved that old straight man-goofy character dynamic between them that I thought I'd never get back.

My favorite episodes are Pickup Lines and Orion Pt. 2, just because the dialogue is great. I really hope they decide to make a season two this year or next because I really want to see the evolution, and what's next for Ruby Jade.

January Word List 2017

A new year, a new list of words! Not that many this time, but only because I have been extremely busy this January with tests so I haven't been tracking new words as much. Will definitely pickup momentum next month!

robust - strong and healthy; vigorous.
braggadocious - boastful or arrogant.
insurmountable - too great to be overcome.
potable - safe to drink; drinkable.
reverence - deep respect for someone or something
clout - a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object.; influence or power, especially in politics or business
emblematic - serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic
sodomy - sexual intercourse involving anal or oral copulation
palpable - so intense as to seem almost perceptible by touch.
redundant - not or no longer needed or useful
dichotomy - a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different
juxtaposition - the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.
apothecary - a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs
inanities - a nonsensical remark or action; lack of sense or meaning
semantics - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text
mutilation - the infliction of serious damage on something
magnum opus - a large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer

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