Words, recently

It may not surprise you that one of my all-time favorite high school classes was Vocab Development, nor that I was a star pupil and an annoying teacher’s pet! Bit of a dubious honor, but still, I award it to myself. Without words you’d just be utjlkjernxilkfwo, dummies.

Here are some recently saved faves according to my trusty Merriam-Webster app, which is almost certainly the only app worth paying for even though they keep shoving extraneous crap into it under the putrid guise of “engagement”:

callow. adjective :: lacking adult sophistication; immature [NOTE: I looked this one up because I thought it meant the same thing as cad; fyi it does not]

cad. noun :: 1 : a bus conductor [NOTE: !??] ; 2 : a man who acts with deliberate disregard for another’s feelings or rights

macrophage. noun :: a phagocytic tissue cell of the immune system that may be fixed or freely motile, is derived from a monocyte, functions in the destruction of foreign antigens (such as bacteria and viruses), and serves as an antigen-presenting cell [NOTE: this definition raised more questions than it answered]

emesis. noun :: an act or instance of vomiting

littoral. adjective :: of, relating to, or situated or growing on or near a shore especially of the sea

Brobdingnagian. adjective :: marked by tremendous size

glabrous. adjective :: smooth; especially : having a surface without hairs or projections

cannula. noun :: a small tube for insertion into a body cavity or into a duct or vessel

furbelow. noun :: a pleated or gathered piece of material; especially : a flounce on women’s clothing

Paints quite a picture of my elective reading lately, doesn’t it?