Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Words I didn't know from David Mamet's Wilson : The First 12

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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