December Word List 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

And now for the last installment (this year), December Word List 2016! This is a long one.

calisthenics - gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement
edification - the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually.
ornery - bad-tempered and combative
dilapidated - in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect
impedes - delay or prevent by obstruction
feral - in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication.
encroach - intrude on a person's territory or a thing considered to be a right.
nettles - a herbaceous plant that has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs; to irritate or annoy
beacon - a fire or light set up in a high or prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.
inexplicable - unable to be explained or accounted for
enviable - arousing or likely to arouse envy.
volatile - liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse
ethereal - extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world
imminent - about to happen
derivations - the obtaining or developing of something from a source or origin
benevolence - an act of kindness or an inclination to be kind
entrenched - firmly established and difficult or unlikely to change
shanghaied - coerce or trick (someone) into a place or position or into doing something.
idiosyncrasies - a distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing.
antediluviansof or belonging to the time before the biblical Flood.
desiccated -  remove the moisture from (something, especially food), typically in order to preserve it.
barony - the rank and estates of a baron
jihad - (among Muslims), a war or struggle against unbelievers
macabre - disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury.
prosaically - matter-of-fact or unimaginative; dull
camarilla -  a small group of people, especially a group of advisers to a ruler or politician, with a shared, typically nefarious, purpose.

harem - the separate part of a Muslim household reserved for wives, concubines, and female servants.
mellifluous - sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.

atrophied - to waste away

retconned - revise (an aspect of a fictional work) retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events.
prohibited - that has been forbidden; banned
liquidated - eliminate, typically by violent means
recompense - make amends to (someone) for loss or harm suffered; compensate.
metastasize - spread to other sites in the body by metastasis.
lupine - a plant of the pea family
anathema - something or someone that one vehemently dislikes; a bane; an abomination
judicator - someone who acts as a judge
clemency - mercy
dexterity - skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands
futility - pointlessness or uselessness
oust - drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.
beguiling - to charm or enchant someone, sometimes in a deceptive way
enervating - causing one to feel drained of energy or vitality
auspicious - conducive to success; prosperous.
esquire - a title appended to a lawyer's surname
haltingly - something or someone with limping or disabled legs or feet.
blasphemy - the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane.
polarizing - restrict the vibrations of (a transverse wave, especially light) wholly or partially to one direction
Elysium -  conception of the afterlife that developed over time and was maintained by some Greek religious and philosophical sects and cults
catatonia - abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a disturbed mental state
ostracized - exclude (someone) from a society or group.
rapture - a feeling of intense pleasure or joy.
epilepsy - a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness, or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain
concisely - clearly expressing or covering much in few words
sartoriolist - someone who has an interest in matters of or relating to the tailoring of clothing
abolitionists - a person who favors the abolition of a practice or institution, especially capital punishment or (formerly) slavery.
abbhorent - inspiring disgust and loathing; repulsive.
unsolicited - not asked for; given or done voluntarily; unrequested.
ragouts - a highly seasoned dish of meat cut into small pieces and stewed with vegetables.
accolade - an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit
pontificate - express one's opinions in a way considered annoyingly pompous and dogmatic
cynicism - an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest
placate - make (someone) less angry or hostile; soothe.
condescending - having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.
platonically - intimate and affectionate but not sexual
adheration - someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas; supporter.
unequivocally - leaving no doubt; unambiguous
redundant - not or no longer needed or useful
seldom - not often; rarely
incessantly - without interruption; constantly.
vicariously - experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person.
belligerently - hostile and aggressive
phenom - a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer.
semblance -  the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.
intrepid - fearless; adventurous
clandestinely - kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit.
indignant - feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment
retribution - punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.
providence - the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power
conglomerate - a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities; combination.
endearing - inspiring love or affection; lovable.
semantic - the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text.
tersely - brief, or using very few words
apparatus - the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
venerable - accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character; distinguished.
curmudgeon - a bad-tempered or surly person
dirigible - capable of being steered, guided, or directed.
malevolent - having or showing a wish to do evil to others; evil.
nefarious - wicked or criminal; sinful.
procurement - the action of obtaining or procuring something.
ascension - the act of rising to an important position or a higher level.
purveyors - a person who sells or deals in particular goods,ideas or beliefs; vendor, distributer.
precocious - having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual; talented.
arigato - a Japanese phrase meaning "Thanks a lot" or "Thank you very much"

Keep Moving Forward

Monday, December 12, 2016

The words I'd like to live by are 'Keep Moving Forward'.

Sound familiar? Might be if you've seen the best animated pixar movie ever, 'Meet the Robinsons". My longtime favorite Pixar movie, that makes me cry nearly everytime I watch it. Basically, a little orphan boy who is trying to go back in time to meet his mother, meets his family in the future and realizes he doesn't need to dwell on his past because he has a future.

This movie is so important to me not just because of how good it is but also because of the message. The moral of letting go of the past and moving on is such a good mentality to have. There's plenty of regrets in life where you wish you could go back to see what would be different if you made different choices. But the truth of life is, is that once something is done, there is no time machine to go back in time and change the past. The only thing you can do is move on from what happened, and from then on do everything in your life with meaning and purpose. Keep Moving Forward.

In the movie, there's another orphan boy, who doesn't let go of his past and doesn't change his ways, which results in him trying to alleviate his bitterness by trying to get revenge. It obviously doesn't work, and he just ends up unpleased with himself by the climax of the movie. Because he couldn't let go of what happened before, he ended up unhappy for the next 15 years.

Holding grudges is an unhealthy and detrimental things to hold onto, especially ones with yourself. I will admit, I can be petty sometimes, and do resent people who disrespect my livelihood, but I try not to punish myself for things. The most important relationship in your life is the one with yourself. No one's feelings or health affects you like your own, so don't forget to love yourself.

How To Settle a Dispute with 3 Different People

Since this was a creative writing prompt my English teacher had us do, I decided to post it because it was actually pretty funny. And who knows, maybe it'll actually help some people! (and of course I had to uphold the rule of 3's)

1.) Coworkers
 Who hasn't had a quarry with a fellow colleague?. The workplace is a common battleground for many. The usual dispute starts over someone stealing your stapler or a paper hole puncher, or maybe someone stole your yogurt from the office fridge. There's an easy, overused, and unreliable way to make these fights go away! The first step, let the rage ball up inside you over the trivial problem. No, you're not being melodramatic about the situation, and yes, your coworkers are wrong about you being upset over nothing. Step two, take out your anger passive aggressively on your other coworkers because they are just as despicable as the coworker who started this mess. Become the grinch of the office and never talk or show absolutely no interest in anyone else but yourself. Step 3, resent your coworkers for not supporting you in your time of selfish need. It's all their fault you're the bitter person you are, so the least they can do is alleviate the bitterness in the situation. There you go! This probably didn't end the dispute, it's honestly a never-ending cycle. But hopefully, between steps 1 and 3, you will let it go for an amount of time and not care anymore.

2.) Teammates
  Teammates! Your compadres! Your sideline supporters! Your buddies who always have your back and will always cheer you on no matter what because they love and support you! Right? No, wrong! This is not always true and certainly not the case if you're not communicating with each other, sending passive-aggressive signals during practice, and would most definitely rather see them in the hallway as a passing by stranger than spend time together team bonding. The first step, get to practice last minute so that you'll never have to deal with the situation of talking with them before practice begins. Secondly, throughout the season, pray to whatever God you have that the season ends soon. The agonizing time spent with your teammates is so torturous you'd rather go home sitting, doing nothing instead of playing a sport you actually like.And step 3, when the season does finally end, socialize with the 3 out of 13 girls you liked on the team and talk about how much you miss the sport, but not the annoying and frustrating players. Like the first dispute, this is a neverending cycle and will probably start again when the season starts again next year.

3.) Another Girl
 Well, as an overused stereotype it has been said and said time again that girls are much more prone to fight and quarrel than anymore else. Well, there's a resolve to this issue. Many steps can be used to end or possibly escalate this problem. You can subtweet, exclude or diss the other girl, just to show how mad she made yo, and how much she deserves it. Next get your friends and others involved! Like telling your friend to retweet your subtweet about fake friends so that it'll show up on her timeline, since she has you blocked/muted. Post a picture with her boyfriend, or making your header picture a quote like "If you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at your best". All these show how serious you are and that you're not backing down. This probably goes on for about up to 3 weeks, and then by that point, you're not even sure why or what caused this uneasiness, but when you see each other in public it's either shady sideyes from across the room, or two faced smiles and "OMG, I haven't seen you, we're good right?" shriek. "Of course why wouldn't we be?" "I dunno girl, I just saw some statuses and I was like err, LOL" "OMG NO, those weren't bout you!". End scene.

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