All posts tagged "build your vocabulary"

Build your vocabulary with indecent exposure (29 Aug 2016 | Tags: )

The car parked next to me opens its door, but no one gets out. Since I'd just as soon not run anyone down as I leave the grocery store, I glance over and see ... some guy staring at me and masturbating in broad daylight. What a world.

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Build your vocabulary with fanfic (14 May 2016 | Tags: , )

No sooner do I post about learning new words from fanfic than I learn a new one. From demented Batman/Robocop shipper ComicsNix, no less.

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Build your vocabulary with fanfic (10 May 2016 | Tags: , )

Promstuck is an illustrated Homestuck fanfic that's longer than many original works, strikingly true to the voices of its huge cast of characters, and genuinely funny (if you already know Homestuck). Every time something reminds me of Promstuck, I have to look up a favorite panel.

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Build your vocabulary with Aunt Tracy (05 Apr 2016 | Tags: )

English has words like "maternal" and "paternal", along with their homegrown equivalents "motherly" and "fatherly". Same goes for siblings and uncles. But what about aunts?

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Build your vocabulary with Captain Blood (30 Mar 2016 | Tags: )

In Raphael Sabatini's Captain Blood, Blood gives some of stolen treasure to a Spanish official in order to keep up a deception. His pirate crew accuse him of supererogation — "the performance of more work than duty requires".

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Build your vocabulary with Ziggy Stardust and the Breccia From Mars (25 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars is a treasure trove of words I don't know, most of them about rocks, that being what they have up there. Well, rocks and antagonism. But I already know a lot about antagonism.

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Build your vocabulary with anfractuosity (16 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

By default, my Anki flashcard decks of foreign language vocabulary show me words I've added myself (usually because I had to look them up and figured if I memorized them I could spare Future Tracy a riffle through the dictionary). When those run out, though, Anki switches to cards I've downloaded from the Internet. And as we all know, the Internet has a strange set of priorities.

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Build your vocabulary with spraints (07 Mar 2016 | Tags: , )

English has a word for "otter shit" - yes, really, go ahead and check the link, I'll still be here when you get back.

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