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What does that word mean? What does sine qua non mean? What's lugubrious mean? What's impugn mean, from Ivanhoe? What does postprandial mean? I love reading fashion magazines and occasionally come across the word atelier. What does King Lear mean when he says that ingratitude is a marble-hearted fiend"?
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein , what are disquisitions? What's shrive? My neighbor said she's been unshriven for years, but I think her skin looks quite shriveled. What's a dobbin? What's polemic? Over winter break, my uncle told me I was polemic and asked if I was on the debate team at school. I came across a list of homonyms: mu, moo, moue. I know mu is Greek for the letter m , and moo is the sound cows make, but what's a moue? What does trow mean? In Far from the Madding Crowd , what does cavil mean? Where can I find the word naught in The Scarlet Letter?
I found an old diary from the s where the writer describes how he almost died but was saved by a sinapism. I know what mulch is, but what's mulct? When our teacher was introducing the next reading assignment, he said we'll be using the unexpurgated version. What did he mean? For some reason, the word dingle sticks in my head after having read Treasure Island years ago.
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I'm working on my summer reading list with Kafka's The Trial. The very first sentence uses traduce , and I don't know what that means. What does the cormorant bird symbolize in mythology? I saw the word badinage in the book Uncle Tom's Cabin. Do you think that's a typo that really should be bandage?
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On a TV modeling contest, a judge said, Her simian walk is unbelievable. In Oliver Twist , Dodger refers to Oliver as flash companion.
Can't find a definition of this anywhere. Do elocutionists kill people? For my English homework, I have to write a love poem. I'm only 13 and I haven't had my first love yet. How would I go about writing about feelings that I haven't felt yet? Where on the body would I find my sarcophagus? What's stolid? It sounds like someone who's stupid and built solid like a wall. What's a wonton person?
In which play did William Shakespeare state that misery loves company? What's comfit? Is it a different way of saying comfort? Where did the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley take place? What kind of person would a shallow-pate be? What are myrmidons of Justice" in Great Expectations? What did I do? In The Red Badge of Courage , what's an imprecation? The word portmanteau shows up in a lot of the literature I read for school assignments.
It sounds French. I did something really stupid yesterday, and my grandfather told me I was hoist with my own petard. And what's a petard? What's a bourse? I read it in my finance class. In The House of Mirth, what are oubliettes? In Tess of the d'Urbervilles, what are thimble-riggers? In Wuthering Heights , what's a thible? Which Hemingway story references the running of the bulls" in Spain? My dad mentioned that his granddad was there for a long time during World War I. If somebody is toady," does it mean they're ugly? In the movie Failure to Launch , there's a line that goes, Well, she certainly is yar," in reference to a yacht.
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I got detention because a teacher said I was being contumacious. What's that? What are encomiums? What are billets in The Three Musketeers? In Orwell's , what is doublethink? What are orts? That's a weird word that reminds me of orcs from The Lord of the Rings. What are alliteration and assonance? What's quinsy? What is New Historicism? I found the word unwonted in a book I'm reading. Is that a typo, you think?
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Is she crazy? I know bier has something to do with dead people, but what is it exactly? My brainy brother owns a Harley and says his girlfriend is the pillion. Is he insulting her or just showing off? I ran across the word mien in a book. Is it a typo? Is a younker a person or a place?
Does precipitancy have something to do with the weather? Any suggestions? A friend says she suffers from ineffable sadness. What's ineffable? What's a scow? Is a maelstrom some kind of dangerous weather? What is the meaning of this saying, The cat will mew and dog will have his day"? The Picture of Dorian Gray mentions a panegyric on youth. In Madame Bovary , what's a mairie? In The Kite Runner, what's palliative mean?
So what's oligarchy? In government class, my teacher mentioned that word when we were talking about the Blagojevich scandal in Illinois. Is intrepidity a good thing or a bad thing? My grandmother told me that she thinks grandpa should see an alienist. Does she think he's from another planet or what? Do you have to have licentiousness to get your driver's license? I ran across the word hardihood in something I read the other day. Is it some kind of clothing? I saw mention of haversack in my history book. I'm guessing the word quadroon is four of something.
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In Chapter 2 of Jane Eyre , what are divers parchments? A friend of mine said she hopes to get a counterpane for Christmas. In Wuthering Heights, what does munificent mean? The other day, my dad called my friends a motley crew. Is that his way of saying I should hang out with a different crowd? Why is there an authorship problem with Shakespeare?
What is it called when something is out of place in time, like a jet stream in a movie about ancient Rome? In , does Winston die from a bullet at the end of the book or is he in a dream-state? I saw some old guy in a soldier's uniform selling fake red flowers.
He said it was for Veterans Day. What's the connection? I was kind of flirting with this really cute boy when my teacher told me to stop palavering. Did she want me to stop flirting or stop talking? My grandmother says when she was a kid in China, she became Catholic because of the Mary Knows nuns. I tried to look that up on the Internet but couldn't find anything.
Can you help? In The Count of Monte Cristo , does cupidity mean love? I'm guessing that because of, you know, Cupid.
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Valentine's Day. My theater teacher called me a name the other day. I don't think it was supposed to be a compliment. What's a somnambulist, anyway? Why was Tartuffe such a jerk? To Kill a Mockingbird has this word fey in it, but I don't know what it means. Does it mean short lived or fleeting? Then I saw that word in Frankenstein. What's a hovel? I thought it was like a place that had room service. I have a friend who said something about phantasmagoric.
That's not real, is it? Which of the following literary devices is used in these poetic lines by John Milton? In Faulkner's A Rose for Emily," what does noblesse oblige mean? Why does Satan rebel against God? I'm reading Candide, by Voltaire, and one of the dudes is an Anabaptist. In Romeo and Juliet , who was the last person to see Juliet alive? What is the Catechism?
Is there a reference to venereal disease in Romeo and Juliet? What is fantasy fiction? What is the exposition in Othello? Who is the character Susan in Romeo and Juliet? What is a found poem? What did Alice Walker mean in the essay Beauty"? Frankenstein create his monster? What is the name of the surgeon and the English ship he's on in Moby-Dick? I drafted my first packing list after a winter hike in March when cold, blustery summits were still fresh in my mind.
Who knows if I would have remembered all of my winter layers and my Escape Pro Bivvy if I had waited until a 90 0 summer day to pack my bag! I try to think through the entirety of my trip — is there anything I can do to prevent major issues? For this reason, we carried all of our essential rock climbing gear on the plane with us. Note: after some research before doing this, we found out that TSA is only bothered by nut tools — keep that in your checked luggage. A plan is only as good as its ability to change.
During our Bugaboo trip, it seemed like our plans were foiled at every turn. Due to a warm summer and forest fires, the glacier crossing necessary to access most of the classic routes was too dangerous to attempt. On our approach to one of the accessible climbs, my partner sprained his ankle and needed to hike out. Though the hike out was made easier because of the C-Splint we included in our packing lists. As a result of the forest fires, the Provincial government began closing down all public lands, leaving us with limited options for adventures back in town.
Laid out like this, these factors seem like they could ruin a trip. Due to our prior research, we had back up plans for our back up plans and ended up having a lovely time. When a plan goes awry, the only thing to do is maintain an optimistic attitude and remain flexible.
You can plan all you want, but sometimes Mother Nature and unforeseen circumstances get the best of you. All you can do is rely your knowledge, and adjust. Whether you have a major goal in mind or want to soak in the beautiful scenery of a new place, make sure to enjoy the journey. Time to start dreaming — safe travels! Chelsea Miller grew up hiking and skiing in the White Mountains, which have always held a special place in her heart.
She started working at Tender Corporation in in order to make the Whites her home. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed. Name required. Mail will not be published required. Paddling the Columbia River. The drive in to the Bugaboos. Preparing to keep some porcupines at bay! Cars wrapped in chicken wire at the base of the Bugaboos. Snowy rock spires at the Bugaboos. The beautiful, rocky Bugaboos. Hiking into the Bugaboos. Hiking out after a sprained ankle. Go to: Adventure Medical Kits. Subscribe to Adventure Discussions.
Cars wrapped in chicken wire at the base of the Bugaboos Beyond ensuring you have less issues, research also helps build excitement for the trip. Pack Your Bags As anyone who has ever traveled with me can confirm, I love my packing lists. Snowy rock spires at the Bugaboos In the Bugaboos, I knew we would be experiencing snow and cold temperatures, but I was leaving from a warm August in New England.
The beautiful, rocky Bugaboos For this reason, we carried all of our essential rock climbing gear on the plane with us.