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Hashtag Vocab - Extraordinary English & Words Worth Watching
16 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Words about Books
Wherein I discuss Masters of Atlantis, and what, really, is a codex.Backing music from Thievery Corporation.
15 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
confabulatewinter wordsA Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Roger SperryCorpus callosotomy - WikipediaLeft vs Right Hemisphere Functions
14 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Zettelkasten, Essay, Struggle, Concinnity
Definitionsessay [ es-ey ] / ˈɛs eɪ /(authorship) A written composition of moderate length, exploring a particular issue or subject.(now rare) An attempt.struggle [ struhg-uhl ] / ˈstrʌg əl /A contortion of the body in an attempt to escape or to perform a difficult task.(figuratively) Strife, contention, great effort.concinnity [ kuhn-sin-i-tee ] / kənˈsɪn ɪ ti /(music) The harmonious reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art. ReferencesHenry Hitchings, The Secret Life of Words Bruce Sterling, The Diamond Age or A Young Lady’s Illustrated PrimerZettelkasten (wikipedia) Obisidian
12 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
Humor, Melancholy, Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic
Almost completely stealing this guys post.
12 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Curator, Segue, Non Sequitur, Shibboleth, Paraprosdokian
Definitionscurator kyoo-rey-ter / kyʊˈreɪ tər /A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo.segue sey-gwey, seg-wey / ˈseɪ gweɪ, ˈsɛg weɪ /To move smoothly from one state or subject to another.Synonym: transition(music) To make a smooth transition from one theme to another.non sequitur non -sek-wi-ter, -toor / nɒn ˈsɛk wɪ tər, -ˌtʊər /Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.Any invalid argument in which the conclusion cannot be logically deduced from the premises; a logical fallacy.A statement that does not logically follow a statement that came before it. (humor) A kind of pun that uses a change of word, subject, or meaning to make a joke of the listener’s expectation.shibboleth shib-uh-lith, ‐leth / ˈʃɪb ə lɪθ, ‐ˌlɛθ /A word, especially seen as a test, to distinguish someone as belonging to a particular nation, class, profession etc.A common or longstanding belief, custom, or catchphrase associated with a particular group, especially one with little current meaning or truth. Synonyms: platitude, slogan, truismparaprosdokian par-uh-prohz-dohkee-an /ˌpæɹəˌpɹoʊsˈdoʊkiən /Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation.Referencesparaprosdokian samplesmore paraprosdokian sampleseven moreThe Souls of Black FolkShibboleth ExplainerShibboleth in the West Wing!! (youtube) Thanks Jennifer!!!! Segway.comYou can buy a Segway!
2 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
I’m Charles and this is Hashtag Vocab - Extraordinary English & Words Worth Watching. My weekly podcast to spend a fleeting ten minutes sharing the words that I find fascinating, exquisite, juicy, too good to pass up! Do you find words like “palimpsest”, “insurrection”, or “shibboleth” a little mysterious? How about “psychopomp” or “ennui”? Are these everyday words?: absolutely not, useful: probably nope, but if you tune in each week for a little taste of the English dictionary I promise to leave you enlightened and amused.
9 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Hermeneutics, Hermetic, Herma, Hermit
Definitionshermeneutics hurt‧muht‧noot‧tiks, -nyoo- / ˌhɜr məˈnu tɪks, -ˈnyu- /The study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts. hermetic hur‧met‧ik / hɜrˈmɛt ɪk /(chiefly with capital initial) Pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus or the writings attributed to him.Pertaining to alchemy or occult practices; magical, alchemical.Hermetically sealed.Isolated, away from outside influence.herma hur‧muh / ˈhɜr mə /a boundary marker sculpted to represent a greek god.hermit hur‧mit / ˈhɜr mɪt /A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite.A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship.ReferencesHerm (Dionysius) at the Getty MuseumHerm (Hermes) at the Getty MuseumHermes T (website circa 1994)Hermeneutics - Heavy Duty PhilosophyHermetically Sealed OriginDo you need a herm replica? (Etsy)Hacker News
10 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Casuistry, Specious, Spurious
Definitionscasuistry kazh‧oo‧uh‧stree /ˈkæʒ u ə stri/The process of answering practical questions via interpretation of rules, or of cases that illustrate such rules, especially in ethics; case-based reasoning. (derogatory) A specious argument designed to defend an action or feeling.specious spee‧shuhs /ˈspi ʃəs/Seemingly well-reasoned, plausible or true, but actually fallacious. Employing fallacious but deceptively plausible arguments; deceitful. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive. spurious spyoor‧ee‧uhs /ˈspyʊər i əs/False, not authentic, not genuine. Extraneous; stray; not relevant or wanted.ReferencesLabor StatisticsSpecious vs Spurious(Inspiration for episode) Revisionist HistoryAnalysis of Witch TrialCognitive Biases (The Atlantic)Way too much info about the Catholic Church in re: CasuistryCognitive Bias (Kahneman)SillynessMonty Python Witch Trial
9 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Bezique, Retrousse, Neoteny
Vocabularybezique buh‧zeek /bəˈziːk/ A trick-taking card game for two players.retroussé re‧trous‧sé /ɹəˈtɹuːseɪ/Turned up, especially when describing the nose. neoteny nee‧ot‧n‧ee /niˈɑːtəni/(biology) The retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.(biology) The sexual maturity of an organism still in its larval stage.ReferencesTrick-Taking Card GamesLet's Play HeartsKate MossNeoteny and Two-Way Sexual Selection in Human Evolution - David BrinFacial Neoteny, Youthfulness and Baby-Faced Features | What Makes A Face Attractive Ep. 5 (youtube) Jasper FfordeEarly RiserThe Constant RabbitShades of GreyHacker NewsSillynessis in the penalty box.
12 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Insurrection, Sedition, Treason, Impeach
Definitionsinsurrection in‧sur‧rec‧tion. /ˌɪnsəˈɹɛkʃən/A violent uprising of part or all of a national population against the government or other authority.sedition se‧di‧tion /sɛˈdɪ.ʃən/Organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state, usually by speech or writing.Insurrection or rebellion.treason trea‧son /ˈtɹiː.zən/The crime of betraying one’s own country. An act of treachery, betrayal of trust or confidence.impeach im‧peach /ɪmˈpiːtʃ/To hinder, impede, or prevent. To bring a legal proceeding against a public official.To charge with impropriety; to discredit; to call into question.(law) To demonstrate in court that a testimony under oath contradicts another testimony from the same person, usually one taken during deposition.Referencessedition/seditious conspiracyConstitution Article III (Treason)Constitution Article II (Impeach)insurrectionSillynessNope.
11 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Palimpsest, Puissant, Posse
Definitionspalimpsest pal-imp-sest | /ˈpælɪmpsɛst/ A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written.(archaic) Monumental brasses that have been reused by engraving of the blank back side.(astronomy) Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcanic activity.(geology) Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.(computing) Memory that has been erased and re-written.(cultural studies) The partial erasure of or superimposition on an older society or culture by a newer one.Something bearing the traces of an earlier, erased form. puissant puis-sant | /ˈpjuəsənt/, /ˈpwɪsənt/(archaic or literary) Powerful, mighty, having authority. posse po-si | /ˈpɒ.si/A group or company of people, originally especially one having hostile intent; a throng, a crowd. [from 17th c.](now historical, in later use chiefly US) A group of people summoned to help law enforcement. [from 17th c.] Coordinate term: vigilante(US) A search party.(US, Jamaican, slang) A criminal gang. [from 20th c.] (colloquial) A group of (especially young) people seen as constituting a peer group or band of associates; a gang, a group of friends. ReferencesThe Sinai PalimpsestsPalimpsests in GeologyThe Age of Erasable BooksThe Preservation of NeglectThe Archimedes PalimpsestA Review of Wolf Hall (puissant in para 4)California Allows Public to Refuse "Posse Comitatus"Margaret Thatcher quoting Milton (puissant)Game of Thrones (Wiki of Ice & Fire)Sillyness"possible podcast plot premise about the puissant probing of the papal posse possibly proving that the purloined parchment is a palimpsest plastered over a pointillist painting of problematic peacocks playing with porcine pigs"
9 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
(Sub)Liminal, Seminal, Doggerel
DefinitionsLiminal lim·i·nal | /ˈlimənl/ Of or pertaining to an entrance or threshold. (from late 19th c.) Of or pertaining to a beginning or first stage of a process. (from late 19th c. Synonyms: inceptive, inchoative, marginal, transitionalSeminal sem·i·nal /ˈsemənl/ Of or relating to seed (or semen)Creative or having the power to originate.Highly influential, especially in some original way, and providing a basis for future development or research. Synonyms: influential, pioneering "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" was a seminal work in the modern philosophy of science.Subliminal sub·lim·i·nal | /səˈblɪmɪnəl/ (of a stimulus) Below the threshold of conscious perception, especially if still able to produce a response.doggerel dog·ger·el | \ ˈdȯ-g(ə-)rəl(poetry) Of a crude or irregular construction. (Originally applied to humorous verse, but now to verse lacking artistry or meaning.)ReferencesPrimer on Subliminal Messaging Bojack Horseman is Seminal? Living in Liminal TimesDoggerelMy attempt at a couplet(?) using some of this week's vocabulary:The episode prep was minimalbecause the year-end time is liminaland the topic we cover aint super-seminalI'll leave you with verse not subliminalall wrapped up in this here doggerel
12 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Inaugural Episode: Pedantic, Esoteric, Recherché (but not) Didactic
Pedantic pe·dan·tic | \ pi-ˈdan-tikLike a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.Esoteric es·o·ter·ic | \ ˌe-sə-ˈter-ikIntended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest, or an enlightened inner circle.The writing in this manual is very esoteric; I’d need a degree in engineering just to understand it!Having to do with concepts that are highly theoretical and without obvious practical application; often with mystical or religious connotations. Confidential; private.an esoteric purpose an esoteric meetingRecherché (re·cher·ché | \ rə-ˌsher-ˈshā )Exquisite; lavishly elegant and refined.Exotic or obscure.Didactic di·dac·tic | \ dī-ˈdak-tikInstructive or intended to teach or demonstrate, especially with regard to morality. Synonyms: educative, instructive didactic poetryExcessively moralizing.ReferencesEnounce Recherché Sports Pedantic (Comprise) Didactic vs Pedantic DoggerelMy attempt at a couplet using some of this week's vocabulary:You can use "esoteric", it gets the job done, but to be really slick and have more fun put on your beret, use instead, "recherché"!
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