S: Week One Vacb
FC: Week One Vocab | By Thomas Propest and Leona Alexander
1: Week One Vocab
2: Arduous | (adj) hard to accomplish or achieve; difficult. | Sounds like "Hard Jewish". The Jewish religion comes with many laws and rules- it is a religion that many would find hard to stay dedicated to.
3: Ephemeral | (adj) lasting only a day; short lived. | Sounds like "F.M. Mural". Think of a wall outside of a radio station, it is covered with graffiti, but with so many artists in town, the art doesn't usually last longer than a day before someone else paints over it.
4: Gourmand | (n) One who is excessively fond of eating and drinking. | Sounds like "Gourmet". Royalty and others with lots of money are have known through history for their extravagant feasts, held so often that many of these people became very fat from eating so much.
5: Lumpenproletariat | (n) A member of the crude and uneducated lowest class of society. | From German Lumpen- rag, rogue.
6: Paragon | (vt) to compare with a parallel; a model of excellence. | From Middle French or Old Italian paragone- comparison; perhaps Greek parágn, present participle of parágein- ‘to bring side by side’.
7: Phylactery | (n) A small leather box containing Hebrew texts on vellum, worn by Jewish men at morning prayer as a reminder to keep the law. | Late Latin phylactrium/Greek phylaktrion- outpost, safeguard, amulet, equivalent to phylak, stem of phylássein- to protect, guard.
8: Quixotic | (adj) Exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical. | From English Quixote- a visionary, after Don Quixote, hero of a romance by Miguel de Cervantes.
9: Repudiate | (vt) To divorce or separate from; to disown; to reject. | Sounds like "Rep, you date". This girl named Rep is one you only date, but go no further, because she has divorced the last five men she's been married to.
10: Senescent | (adj) aging; growing old. | Sounds like "Sinnuh (sinner) sent". According the Bible, your relationship with God determines where you go when you die. So as you age, you grow closer to death, and when one dies God will determine where the sinnuh is sent.
11: Tout | (vt) to solicit patronage; to praise or publicize loudly. | From Middle English tuten- to protrude, peer; probably akin to Old English ttian to stick out.