"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WOTW: Sophistry

Sophistry:  noun, the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"What kind of fucked-up priorities do people have that you'd tell a little old man just trying to honor his dead wife that he can't put what he wants on her tombstone?  Over some little bit of sophistry, no less?" 

Monday, June 9, 2014

WOTW: Carceral

Carceral:  adjective, of or pertaining to prison

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"Why does the word 'carceral' not appear in the standard Samuelson dictionary?"

Monday, June 2, 2014

WOTW: Nebbish

Nebbish:  noun, a person, especially a man, who is regarded as pitifully ineffectual, timid, or submissive

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"Every day I'd make a nebbish of myself, going down to that pointy, constipated cafeteria woman, and asking, Oliver Twistlike, "May I have some hot water please?""

Monday, May 26, 2014

WOTW: Prurient

Prurient:  adjective, having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:  (while defining shit-eating)
"How about expressing a prurient satisfaction?"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WOTW: Perfusionist

Perfusionist:  noun,  a specialized healthcare professional who uses the heart-lung machine during cardiac surgery and other surgeries that require cardiopulmonary bypass to manage the patient's physiological status

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"My mother," I said slowly, "is a perfusionist.  She spends her whole day with transplanted organs and bodily fluids."

Monday, May 12, 2014

WOTW: Hubris

Hubris:  noun, excessive pride or self-confidence

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault:
"And starting with "A" is just generally considered lexicographical hubris, Dan informed me in my first official day of defining.  Not to mention bad luck."