While reading Mamet's latest I kept a notebook of some of the words I didn't know and have been checking out AskOxford.com for some definitions...
orthography - the conventional spelling system of a language
philology - the study of the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages
chimera - something hoped for but illusory or impossible to achieve
nascent - just coming into existence and beginning to develop
arcane - understood by few; mysterious
abstruse - difficult to understand; obscure
doggerel - comic or badly written verse
acrostic - a poem or puzzle in which certain letters in each line form a word or words
picayune - petty; worthless
bathos - (in literature) an unintentional change in mood from the important and serious to the trivial or ridiculous
analgesic - relieving pain / a pain-relieving drug
apotheosis - the culmination or highest point: science is the apotheosis of the intellect
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