30 new words of the day: 01.26.16

  1. Zest -(excitement) ​enthusiasm, ​eagerness, ​energy, and ​interest:
    “On the contrary,” she smiled, “my life took on a new zest.
    It’s ​wonderful to ​see the children’s zesfor ​life.
    He ​approached every ​task with a ​boundless zest.
    The ​recording ​captures the zest of this ​live ​concert ​performance.

  1. Frantic – adj. very worried/frightened
    I was driven frantic by debts.
    Where on ​earth have you been? We’ve been frantic with ​worry.
  2. Scrapbook – a ​book with ​empty ​pages where you can ​stick ​newspaper​articles, ​pictures, etc. that you have ​collected and ​want to ​keep
    I cut it out and put it in my scrapbook.
  3. Indolent –  ​showing no ​real ​interest or ​effort:
    It isn’t that I’m indolent.
    An indolent ​wave of the ​hand
    An indolent ​reply
  4. Nibble – to ​eat something by taking a lot of ​small ​bites:
    I nibble this, I nibble that, but never finish what I’m at.
    Do you have some ​peanuts for us to nibble while the ​party ​warmsup?
    A ​mouse has nibbled through the ​computer ​cables.
    Jenny’s hamster’s nibbled a ​hole in the ​sofa.
  5. Memorandum – a ​short written ​report ​prepared ​specially for a ​personor ​group of ​people that ​contains ​information about a ​particular​matter:
    I thought I might as well get the memorandum book your company said they had set aside for me.
    Michael Davis has ​prepared a memorandum ​outlining ​our need for an ​additional ​warehouse.
  6. Astound – to ​surprise or ​shock someone very much:
    I was astounded to hear that it was one of the biggest individual sales that had ever been made in their history.
    The ​news astounded me.
  7. Blundering
    Since the sale was made by a green blundering dub like me, who had never finished grade school, it created a mild sensation.
  8. Mutter – to ​speak ​quietly and in a ​low ​voice that is not ​easy to ​hear, often when you are ​worried or ​complaining about something:
    He then muttered the most vital truth I have ever heard about selling.
    Stop muttering and ​speak up!He was muttering (away) to himself.
    Laurence muttered something about his ​wife and ​left.
    He muttered something under his ​breath to the ​person next to him.
  9. Interpret – to ​decide what the ​intended ​meaning of something is:
    If Clayt Hunsicker hadn’t analyzed it and interpreted it for me, I might have gone on stumbling through the years.
    It’s ​difficult to interpret these ​statistics without ​knowing how they were ​obtained.A ​jury should not interpret the ​silence of a ​defendant as a ​sign of ​guilt.
  10. Sentimental – too ​strongly ​influenced by ​emotional ​feelings:
    Naturally, he had a sentimental feeling for that business.
    Why be sentimental about that ​old ​coat?
    It’s a ​cheap ​ring but it has ​great sentimental ​value for me.
  11. Climax – to ​reach the most ​important or ​exciting ​part:
    This was climaxed by a dinner which he gave at the Manufacturers’ Club in Philadelphia for these key men.
    he show climaxed with all the ​performers ​singing on ​stagetogether.
    The Olympics climaxed in a ​spectacular ​closing ​ceremony.
  12. Dread – to ​feel ​extremely ​worried or ​frightened about something that is going to ​happen or that might ​happen:
    He’s dreading the ​exam – he’s ​sure he’s going to ​fail.
    [+ -ing verb] I’m dreading having to ​meet his ​parents.
  13. Nuisance – (make a nuisance of yourself) to ​cause ​trouble or to ​annoy other ​people
    I had dreaded to go in to see people, for I feared I was making a nuisance of myself.
  14. Cynical – used to say that someone’s ​feelings or ​emotions are used to ​your own ​advantage:
    This man had tried selling various lines for several years and obviously had grown very cynical.
    She ​works in that most cynical of ​industries – ​advertising.
    He ​praises my ​cooking but it’s just a cynical ​ploy to get me to make him ​dinner.
  15. Parable – a ​short, ​simple ​story that ​teaches or ​explains an ​idea, ​especially a ​moral or ​religious ​idea
    Remember Jesus’ parable about the three men who were given the talents?
  16. Multiply – to ​increase very much in ​number, or (in ​mathematics) to ​add a ​number to itself a ​particular ​number of ​times:
    I don’t know of any better you can improve and multiply your talents than through this work.
    In ​warm ​weather these ​germs multiply ​rapidly.
    If you multiply seven by 15 you get 105.
  17. Paramount – more ​important than anything ​else:
    This universal law is of such paramount importance that it takes precedence over all other laws of human relations.
    There are many ​priorities, but ​reducing the ​budget ​deficit is paramount/is of paramount ​importance.
  18. Solicit – to ​contact possible ​customers in ​order to ​sell a ​product:
    I thought it right and necessary to solicit.
    It ​generated about 40% of its new ​customers through telemarketers ​hired to ​call and solicit ​potential ​customers.
    Insurance ​agents cannot solicit ​business at your ​home without an ​appointment.
  19. Contradict
    Even with all of his persistence, no one got the impression that Elliot Hall was arguing or contradicting anybody.
    If you’re both going to ​lie, at least ​stick to the same ​story and don’t contradict each other!
    He ​kept contradicting him​self when we were ​arguing – I ​think he was a ​bit ​confused.
    How ​dare you contradict (me)!
    Recent ​evidence has contradicted ​established ​theories on this ​subject.
  20. Crystallize – (of ​people) to say the ​opposite of what someone ​else has said, or (of one ​fact or ​statement) to be so different from another ​factor ​statement that one of them must be ​wrong:
    His method of helping people to crystallize their thinking-with questions-continues to be without parallel in my experience.
  21. Cultivate – to ​try to ​develop and ​improve something:
    She has cultivated an ​image as a ​shrewd ​investor.
    He cultivated ​business ​contacts in ten ​major cities.
  22. Elaborate – ​containing a lot of ​careful ​detail or many ​detailed ​parts:
    About ten large companies of New York had already submitted elaborate proposals.
    You ​want a ​plain ​blouse to go with that ​skirt – nothing too elaborate.
    They’re making the most elaborate ​preparations for the ​wedding.
    He came out with such an elaborate ​excuse that I didn’t ​quite ​believehim.
  23. Actuary – a ​person whose ​job is to ​calculate ​risk for ​insurance ​companies and ​pension ​funds, especially the age to which ​people are expected to ​live. The ​companies and ​funds use the ​results to make ​certain that they always have enough ​money to make ​payments to the ​people who have a ​right to them:
    Well, in the first place, properly to interpret those proposals would require an actuary, and it takes seven years to become an actuary.
    Actuaries and ​auditors have a ​statutory ​duty to ​report anything that ​exposes the ​assets of a ​pension ​scheme to ​risk.
  24. Deliberation – (careful) a ​slow ​careful way of doing something:
    Slowly and with deliberation she ​turned to me and told me to get out.
  25. Grippe
    Suppose you should wake up tomorrow morning with a sore throat and find yourself laid up for a week with a grippe?
  26. (Hat)rack – a frame or ​shelf, often ​formed of ​bars, that is used to ​holdthings:
    After a few moments, slowly rises from desks, looks into space, walks over to window, then to hat rack.
    a ​vegetable rack, a ​plate racka ​luggage rack
  27. Vulnerable – ​able to be ​easily ​physically, ​emotionally, or ​mentally ​hurt, ​influenced, or ​attacked:
    What is the most vulnerable point?
    I ​felt very vulnerable, ​standing there without any ​clothes on.It is on ​economic ​policy that the ​government is most vulnerable.
    Tourists are more vulnerable to ​attack, because they do not ​knowwhich ​areas of the ​city to ​avoid.
  28. Grin – to ​smile a ​wide ​smile:
    He grinned at me from the ​doorway.
    What are you grinning about?
    a ​wide ​smile:
    I ​assumed things had gone well for him because he had a ​big grin on his ​face.a ​broad/​sheepish grin, with a grin 
  29. Obscure – to make something ​difficult to ​discover and ​understand:
    Never try to cover too many points; don’t obscure the main issue.
    Managers ​deliberately obscured the ​real ​situation from ​federal​investigators.

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