Jun 142013

The Civil War and American Art .
Eleanor Jones Harvey.

Twain earned the undying enmity of Confederate loyalists with his insouciant but accurate critique of the work…

Page: 10

Word: insouciant
Definition: lighthearted unconcern : nonchalance
Pronunciation: in-?sü-s?-?n(t)s, a?-süs-?yä?s
Example: wandered into the meeting with complete insouciance to the fact that she was late
Origin: French, from in- + soucier to trouble, disturb, from Old French, from Latin sollicitare
First Known Use: 1799
I rarely get to use the word ‘nonchalance’ but if I ever do again, I have a new word to use instead.

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  • The Civil War and American Art – Eleanor Jones Harvey
  • Vocab: Insouciant – Try to use it nonchalantly
  • Vocab: elided – to leave out of consideration, to omit
  • Vocab: Stint – To Limit or Restrict
  • Enslaving Your Own Children

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    May 242013

    American Gods.
    Neil Gaiman.

    He was as naked and as open as a corpse on a table, and dark Anubis the jackal god was his prosector and his prosecutor and his persecutor.

    Page: 356

    Word: prosector
    Pronunciation: proh-sek-ter
    • a person who dissects cadavers for the illustration of anatomical lectures or the like.
    • a person who performs autopsies to establish the cause of death or the nature and seat of disease.
    Origin: 1855–60; Late Latin: anatomist, literally, one who cuts in public (or beforehand), equivalent to Latin pr?sec ( ?re ) to cut out (body organs) in public sacrifice

    Clever use of 3 such similar words; especially one I had never seen before. Made me read it a number of times.

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    Mar 152013

    Salt Sugar Fat.
    Michael Moss.

    His insights had garnered so much respect that—at least in the view of other senior Kraft officials—Mudd became something of a consigliere to the company’s chief executives, the advisor whose whisperings helped guide the boss’s every move.

    Page: 13

    Word: consigliere
    Definition: counselor, adviser <consigliere of a Mafia family>
    Pronunciation: k?n-(?)sil-?ye-re, -?yer-?;
      kän-(?)si-gl?-?ye-r?, -r?, -?yer
    Example: the President’s trusted consigliere and chief political strategist
    Origin: Italian, from consiglio advice, counsel, from Latin consilium
    First Known Use: 1615
    I wonder if ‘consigliere’ ever shows up on a business card?

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    Besides the two examples of ‘cloyingly sweet’ and ‘cloying sentiments’ I am trying to think of other examples. Any ideas?

    Sentence: Following a cloyingly sweet dessert, the only dish that disappointed Carlton, Fajer suggested port and cigars.
    Page: 139


    : disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess <cloying sweetness>; also
    : excessively sweet or sentimental <a cloying romantic comedy>


    1. After a while, the softness of his voice becomes cloying.
    2. the cloying sentiments of so many Mother's Day cards

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    Jun 202012
    Page: 21
    These are heavy misfortunes, but the wife of Mr. Darcy must have such extraordinary sources of happiness necessarily attached to her situation that she could, upon the whole, have no cause to repine.
    Word: repine
    Verb: Feel or express discontent; fret.
    Synonyms: complain – grumble – murmur

    I am not sure ‘repine’ gets used very much anymore. When I Googled it “-definition” I only found it as a person’s last name. (Hope they are not complainers.) I did find this old poem by poet Anne Bradstreet,

    Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th 1666
    And when I could no longer look,
    I blest His grace that gave and took,
    That laid my goods now in the dust.
    Yea, so it was, and so ’twas just.
    It was his own; it was not mine.
    Far be it that I should repine.