Adam West (1928-2017) Tribute List

Adam West died on June 9, 2017 at the age of 88. He will forever be associated with his role as Batman in the TV series which aired from 1966-1968. For those who didn't read comics, he was their first exposure the Caped Crusader, and although the series was silly, West always gave the impression he was in on the joke. In recent years West found great success playing himself on Family Guy. Here are eleven vocabulary words taken from quotes from Batman, as well as a few reflections from West himself.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. ignominiously
    in a dishonorable manner or to a dishonorable degree
    Batman: I did think it would all end differently, somehow less ignominiously. To drown in my own anniversary cake!
  2. trajectory
    the path followed by an object moving through space
    Batman, analyzing a bullet in the wall: Judging from the trajectory of the angle, and figuring the wind at six knots per hour north by northeast as per this morning's weather report...X times six squared... over... logarithm of that... yes! You see? It came from that room on that floor!
  3. alimentary
    of or providing nourishment
    Robin: Batman, look! What skinny macaroni!

    Batman: No, it's spaghetti, Robin. A variety of alimentary pasta, larger than bernachelli but not as tubular as macaroni.
  4. phonetics
    the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes
    Robin: Ghoti is fish?
    Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in tough or laugh. O becomes I as in women. TI becomes SH as in ration or the word nation.
  5. chaperone
    one who accompanies and supervises young people
    Bruce: Yes, I think I should be running along as well, Barbara. Uh, it wouldn't be proper for the two of us to be here alone in your apartment without a chaperone.
  6. rehabilitate
    help to readapt, as to a former state of health or repute
    Batman: I'll do everything I can to rehabilitate you.
    Catwoman: Marry me.
    Batman: Everything except that.
  7. teeming
    abundantly filled with especially living things
    Batman: That’s not the point, Robin. What’s important is that the world know that all visitors to these teeming shores are safe, be they peasant or king.
  8. repellent
    a chemical substance that keeps animals away
    Batman: Hand me down the shark repellent Bat-Spray!
  9. tenacity
    persistent determination
    If you hang around long enough, they think you're good. It's either my tenacity or my stupidity, I'm not sure which.
    - Adam West
  10. absurd
    inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
    When I was a kid, I read comics. But when I saw how funny it was, and how wonderfully absurd, I said, "You know, I gotta do this."
    - Adam West
  11. integral
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    Dick: Sorry, I'm not interested in dance lessons.
    Bruce: Wait a minute, Dick. The junior prom's coming up, isn't it?
    Dick: Yes, but...
    Bruce: Well, we don't want you to be a wallflower, do we? Dancing is an integral part of every young man's education.
    Dick: Gosh Bruce, you're right.

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