June Word List 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Having a go again at my word list. I found some new ones in my new SAT book, so it's really important to know those ones.

acumenthe ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain
lupine - a plant of the pea family, with deeply divided leaves and tall, colorful, tapering spikes of flowers.
adumbrated - report or represent in outline; indicate faintly; foreshadow/symbolize
Phoebus - a personification of the sun
phaetons - a light, open, four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
lyre - a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece.
Polyhymnia - the Greek Muse of sacred song.
savant - a learned person, especially a distinguished scientist.
quoit - a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.
decant - gradually pour (liquid, typically wine or a solution) from one container into another, especially without disturbing the sediment
espy - to catch sight of
abhorrent - inspiring disgust and loathing
alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness
elocution - the skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation.
boisterous - noisy, energetic, and cheerful
constable - a peace officer with limited policing authority
resplendent - attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous
destitute - without the basic necessities of life; poor
incongruous - not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
affronted - offend the modesty or values of
defiance - open resistance; bold disobedience

derivative - imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
senile - having or showing the weaknesses or diseases of old age, especially a loss of mental faculties; decrepit
veneration - great respect; reverence
contemptuous - scornful
deference - humble submission and respect
reverence - deep respect for someone or something
proliferate - increase rapidly in numbers; multiply
ubiquitous - present, appearing, or found everywhere; universal, omnipresent
intuition - the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning; instinct
inexorably - in a way that is impossible to stop or prevent
bolster - support or strengthen
epiphany - a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being
divergence - the process or state of diverging
dexterity - skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands
elemental - primary or basic
skirmishes - an episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting
reticence - disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; restraint
acquiesced - accept something reluctantly but without protest
vociferous - vehement or clamorous
camaraderie - mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together
assimilating - take in and understand fully
glom - to steal
transcendental - relating to a spiritual or nonphysical realm
necrotic - death of cells or tissues from severe injury or disease, especially in a localized area of the body
contagion - the communication of disease from one person to another by close contact
tangential - relating to or along a tangent
orthogonal - statistically independent
apiarists - a beekeeper
incursions - an invasion or attack, especially a sudden or brief one
marauding - going about in search of things to steal or people to attack.
scruple - a feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action
inarticulate - unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly
accrued - accumulate or receive
rigmarole - a lengthy and complicated procedure
cupidity - greed for money or possessions.
contemptible - deserving contempt
amelioration - the act of making something better
inconstancy - changeability, not sticking to a predetermined course.
extirpate - root out and destroy completely
opprobrium - harsh criticism or censure
caprice - a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior
phalanx - a body of troops or police officers
japanned - to cover with a hard black varnish.
malignant - malevolent; spiteful/unkind
behoove - it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; incumbent

Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Since school is about to end I’ve been doing my fair share of bingeing on nostalgic old animated movies from childhood. Last week I saw The Incredibles (in anticipation for the second installment after 10 years, gonna be LIT), and this weekend I finished watching Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was a big favorite of mine in elementary school. Rewatching both of these made me re-appreciate their stories and animation styles. But while looking at them closer, I saw that these two movies have a lot more in common than I realized before, that are pretty unique.

Both Mr. Incredible and Mr. Fox gave up their dangerous past occupations for the wellbeing of their families. Mr. Incredible was more or less forced to do so because of the scandalous controversy on whether or not superheroes actually helped or harmed the public, but he still gave up being super. Same with Fox. When he and his wife were trapped in the cage, worried about death creeping up on them, she made him promise that if they ever got out of there alive, that he would find a new line of work, because she was pregnant and wanted to keep their cub safe. So I guess he was a little forced too. This made both of them turn to different vocational paths that they were unhappy in for long periods of time. Bob, an insurance agent, and Foxxy, a writer for the newspaper.

Eventually, Mr. Fox and Mr. Incredible are pulled back into their old jobs by mysterious opportunities. They keep their secret endeavors from their wives and children and get the rush and high they had from when they did it back in the day. They’re able to get away with it for a while and get a kick out of it before their wives find them out.

Mrs. Incredible AKA Helen finds out when she calls her husband's hotel when she found his superhero suit suspiciously patched up in his man cave. The hotel says that he never checked in, and she makes the conclusion that he is living a double life and lying to her. She feels betrayed. Mrs. Fox felt the same way when she confronted Mr. Fox about him breaking his promise from when they were in the cage years ago.

From these climax points in the movies, both protagonist’s families come together to save them. Mr. Incredible’s wife and family help save him from Syndrome and save the city. Mr. Fox’s wife and hot-headed son also play big parts in saving the community from Bogus, Bunce and Bean.

This was a bit of a random post, but it was really bothering me for a while, I couldn’t believe how similar these two movies are. I wonder if I can find another film like this… 🤔

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