Words of the Day



Words of the Day took a brief sabbatical because creating these posts actually took me longer than it did to make what is now a sweet collection of Q (or 3″x5″ INDEX) cards but I thought I would return to blogging for some of the trickier vocab words… or just the ones I continue to have trouble remembering/differentiating (ugh there are SO many). Cheers to anyone else who is studying for a standardized test!

INTRASIGENT – ADJ: refusing to compromise. Unwilling or refusing to change one’s views or agree about something

which is very similar to

OBDURATE – ADJ: stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.

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QUIESCENE – ADJ: stillness, motionless, quality of being at rest

not to be confused with

HALCYON – ADJ: denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy & peaceful; calm. Which can also be a N: tropical kingfisher with colorful plumage OR a mythical bird that breeds in a nest floating at sea during winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm… yeah….

TORPID – ADJ: lethargic, sluggish, dormant (mentally or physically)

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which looks/sounds very similar to:

TURBID – ADJ: (of a liquid) cloudy or thick with suspended matter (like gravy!)

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which is basically the opposite of:

LIMPID – ADJ: (of a liquid) free of anything that darkens; completely clear. (about eyes) unclouded, clear. (about writing or music) melodious.


Wednesday, July 14th, 5:30pm:

Profligate – ADJ: recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources

For Example: profligate consumers of energy (or alcohol)

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Lassitude – N: a state of physical or mental weariness; lack of energy

Way to remember actual definition: Lassitude is what you feel when you have mono

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Frenetic – ADJ: fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way

Way to remember actual definition: my limbs flail about frenetically


Inspired by a recent game of Balderdash in Las Vegas (in which the rules were unclear and alcohol may have been involved) and in honor of the stupid GRE, DBlawg Introduces Words of the Day!

Vocabulary will be outlined along with specific, non-specific and totally ridiculous word definitions, sometimes little pictures will also be involved… I hope you enjoy:

Monday, July 13th, midnight:

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Filigree Delicate pieces of typically silver or gold wire as in jewelry, or something resembling that as in wedding cake!
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Penury – Balderdash definitions: 1) something to do with penises 2) the toilets and/or other restroom facilities provided in jail.

Actual definition: extreme poverty

anyone have a guess as to how this word is actually pronounced??

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Sagacious – Balderdash definition: saggy old lady boobs

Actual definition: having good judgment, sensible

Way to remember actual definition: Saggy old ladies tend to be fairly sensible

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Prescient – knowing things before they happen

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Ignominious – Balderdash definition: Bastards

Actual definition: deserving or causing public disgrace or shame

Way to remember actual definition: Ignominious bastards aka: probably some of my friends 😉