May Word List 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

This is really embarrassing. I've felt so busy and occupied with school that I didn't even keep track of words this month, only one:

bereavementthe action or condition of being bereaved; be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, especially due to the loved one's death

I don't even remember writing this word down, I guess it was before I took my SAT, and now I just haven't been so keen on finding new words. I guess I'll have to pick it up in June...

I Think I'm Having a Mid-Teenage Crisis

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Is this even a real thing? I guess it is now.

As of now, 6 months after I've turned 16, I, Rachel, am having a mid-teenage crisis. 

You may think this is some sort of trivial, teen meltdown, but I assure you I really am having a revelation of sorts. Google defines a midlife crisis as "an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age". And I'm totally resonating with this now, except in an 'I'm a little scared for my future' and 'how the hell do I deal with all these changes'. Let me walk you through this.

This all really came crashing down on me when one of my favorite cartoon show ended in January (Regular Show) and I obviously was pretty broken up about it. That show, as I said, has been a part of my childhood for seven years and when it ended I was devastated. And then after that, it got me thinking- my childhood and youth are escaping me day by day.

For instance, Adventure Time is on it's way to their last season, and I've been watching them just as long as I have been Regular Show! Cartoons aren't the only thing. Some of my favorite game franchises have ended as well, including the Walking Dead Game and Uncharted, which were the biggest titles released for 2016, at least for me. 

There is also all those online games I used to play as a kid. Both Pixie Hollow and Bearville from Build-A-Bear workshop closed down (so did Club Penguin but I didn't really play that much, now I'm grateful). And they did it without me knowing. One afternoon with a random stroke of curiosity and found that they had shut down months before I checked up on them, how is that fair? I felt dejected and depressed, I spent hours on those sites and they couldn't even give me a fair warning?

Not to mention all the reinstallations of all my childhood shows. The Fairly Odd Parents and Spongebob have been exploited for their old school popularity to cater to their networks money hungry ambitions. It's a shame since those were some of my favorite cartoons when I was younger. There was also the Zoey101 reunion episode where Chase learned what Zoey said from 10 years ago, that was a complete abomination. It wasn't funny and didn't even spark a feeling of nostalgia from the show. Disappointing.

The other half of my mid-teenage crisis that isn't the fear of all my beloved franchises ending surreptitiously, is planning for my future. Junior year is on the brink of ending and senior year is looming ahead. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited to apply to college and ready for all the college ready antics, but I am afraid of not being the best I can be and becoming mediocre and complacent. I'm afraid of my essays sucking, my grades plummeting and not being unique or special in my applications.

I know this is an irrational fear since I already have looked and drafted ideas from the common app prompts, have a good overall average and can probably list a good amount of interests I have (regardless if they're lame, they still make me unique. I'm trying to remind myself I'll get through with it and what happens happens, but it still just gives me anxiety. I need to stop being afraid of confrontation and rejection because, in the wide words of BeyoncĂ©, "We all lose. We all lose at some point and we lose when we have to".

Well, I'm only 16. Maybe by the time I turn 18 this will all turn over and I'll laugh at this irrational time in my life, who knows. For now, I'll try to cope and cling to whatever I can to get through this. To Netflix I go!

April Word List 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Making this list exactly 1 week before my SAT... Wish me luck!! One more home stretch before April is over.

apoplectic - overcome with anger
disseminating - spread or disperse (something, especially information) widely
ambivalence - the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
corpulence - the state of being fat
redolent - strongly reminiscent or suggestive of
haranguing - lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner
conciliatory - intended or likely to placate or pacify
arduous - difficult and tiring
robust - strong and healthy
solicitous - characterized by or showing interest or concern
cogent - clear, logical, and convincing
dogmatic - inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
imposition - the action or process of imposing something or of being imposed; forced
apprehensive - anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen
unprecedented - never done or known before
substantiated - provide evidence to support or prove the truth of; validate
procession - a number of people or vehicles moving forward in an orderly fashion, especially as part of a ceremony or festival
candor - a large New World vulture with a bare head and mainly black plumage, living in mountainous country and spending much time soaring
inquiries - an act of asking for information
facilitate - make (an action or process) easy or easier
opine - hold and state as one's opinion; to declare
copious - abundant in supply or quantity
taciturn - reserved or uncommunicative in speech;
vexation - the state of being annoyed, frustrated, or worried
bolster - support or strengthen; prop up
babel - a confused noise, typically that made by a number of voices
receptive - willing to consider or accept new suggestions and ideas
vivacious - attractively lively and animated
acuteness - sharp or severe in effect; intense
inimical - tendencies to obstruct or harm
bilious - affected by or associated with nausea or vomiting
malobserved - incorrect observation or interpretation
scrupulously - diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details
impartial - treating all rivals or disputants equally
verdict - a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.
plaited - form (hair or other material) into a plait or plaits
cordiality - sincere affection and kindness
elicit - evoke or draw out (a response, answer, or fact) from someone in reaction to one's own actions or questions.
liaison - communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations
odious - extremely unpleasant
expostulate - express strong disapproval or disagreement
sordid - involving ignoble actions and motives; dirty
ingeniousness - obsolete : noble, honorable
languid - displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed.
collusion - secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy
entice - attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage
indignantly - in a manner indicating anger or annoyance at something perceived as unfair
contrition - the state of feeling remorseful and penitent.
wholly - entirely; fully
indignation - anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
devoid - entirely lacking or free from
malice - the intention or desire to do evil
cardinality - the number of elements in a set or other grouping, as a property of that grouping.
cordon - a line or circle of police, soldiers, or guards preventing access to or from an area or building
rite - a religious or other solemn ceremony or act
ordained - make (someone) a priest or minister; to order or decree something
apparatus - the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose
consolation - comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment
galling - annoying; humiliating
surmised - suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it
acclimatized - to accommodate or accustom
condemn - express complete disapproval of, typically in public; censure
absolved - set or declare (someone) free from blame, guilt, or responsibility.
rouse - bring out of sleep; awaken.
foist - impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on
benign - gentle; kindly
execration - an angry denouncement or curse
gumption - shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness
vindicate - show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
insolent - showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect.
succinct - briefly and clearly expressed.
immutable - unchanging over time or unable to be changed.
postulate - suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.
romantic - of, characterized by, or suggestive of an idealized view of reality.
dissertation - a long essay on a particular subject, especially one written as a requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree
provincial - of or concerning a province of a country or empire
credence - belief in or acceptance of something as true; trust
expound - present and explain (a theory or idea) systematically and in detail
domicile - the country that a person treats as their permanent home, or lives in and has a substantial connection with.
dialect - a variety of a language peculiar to a particular region or group
surly - bad-tempered and unfriendly.
abysmal - extremely bad; appalling.
inference - a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning
ambivalent - having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
arbitrary - based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
quantitative - relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.
syntax - the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
apropos - with reference to; concerning

No second post this month, been swamped with hella test prep... will catch up in May! smell ya later.

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