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Monday, 6 January 2003

I have blisters on my fingers that make it hard to type, but there's ony 9 days keft till admission deadlines, so it won't stop me from studying . . .

The 15 GRE Words of the Day

  1. connoisseur (noun) an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert He sniffer the cork of the wine bottle with the self-assurance of a connoisseur
  2. contentious (adjective) argumentative; quarrelsome; casuing controversy or disagreement Some of the elemtns of the book The Bell Curve are highly contentious
  3. contrite (adjective) regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness She gave the parole board and the victim's family a contrite apology.
  4. convention (noun) a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude Ancient Greek actors had a convention of wearing masks during plays.
  5. convoluted (adjective) complex or complicated. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who drew convoluted machines (involving things like candles buring through ropes, mice chasing cheese, bowling balls, etc) for performing simple tasks
  6. credulous (adjective) tending to believe too readily; gullible She was so credulous that she believed everything she read.
  7. culpable (adjective) deserving blame The courts will find Ken Lay culpable
  8. cynicism (noun) an attitude or quality of of beleif that all people are motivated by selfishness She noted, with cynicism, that celebrities don't fund charities anonymously
  9. dearth (noun) smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack We suffered from the region's dearth of peanut butter, and ate our sandwiches only with jelly
  10. decorum (noun) polite or appropriate conduct or behavior After reading Miss Manners, I attempted to act with decorum
  11. demur (verb) to question or oppose I suggested we go back to my place for some drinks, but the lady politely demurred.
  12. derision (noun) scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment Originally, her idea to run a car on vegitable oil was met with derision, but now we run our car on soybean oil
  13. desiccate (verb) to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull Her edits fixed my grammer but also completely dessicated my document
  14. diatribe (noun) a harsh denunciation Dr. Laura launched into yet another diatribe against one of her callers - the third or fourth such diatribe that hour
  15. didactic (adjective) intended to teach or instruct Gerda Malaperis is a didactic text by Claude Piron. The story isn't very good, but you do learn a lot of Esperanto.

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