Lyrical Vocabulary, Volume I

These 10 great vocabulary words are illustrated through the use of popular song lyrics. If you like learning in this way, be sure to check out Lyrical Vocabulary, Volume II.

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  1. moot
    of no legal significance, as having been previously decided
    You know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute/
    I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probably moot
    —"Jessie's Girl," Rick Springfield
  2. incessantly
    with unflagging resolve
    Heartbreaker, you got the best of me/
    But I just keep on coming back incessantly
    —"Heartbreaker," Mariah Carey
  3. prerogative
    a right reserved exclusively by a person or group
    I don't need permission/
    Make my own decisions oh/
    That's my prerogative (It's my prerogative)
    —"My Prerogative," Bobby Brown
  4. mausoleum
    a large burial chamber, usually above ground
    Tears on the mausoleum floor/
    Blood stains the coliseum doors
    —"No Church in the Wild," Kanye West and Jay Z
  5. versatile
    having great diversity or variety
    You stick around I'll make it worth your while/
    Like numbers beyond what you can dial/
    Maybe it's because we're so versatile
    —"Intergalactic," Beastie Boys
  6. opportune
    suitable or advantageous especially for a particular purpose
    Pining away every hour in your room/
    Rolling with the motion, waiting 'til it's opportune/
    Sitting there watching time fly past you/
    Why do tomorrow/
    What you could never do
    —"Troubled Times," Fountains of Wayne
  7. pernicious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    I may be vile and pernicious/
    But you can't look away/
    I make you think I'm delicious/
    With the stuff that I say
    —"I am the Slime," Frank Zappa
  8. brute
    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
    Among gods creatures man must be./
    The most slimy and slippery now./
    There stands the naked ape in a monkey suit./
    Behind a little mustache he grew, the shifty brute
    —"All Men Are Liars," Nick Lowe
  9. escapade
    a wild and exciting undertaking
    Come on baby let's get away/
    Lets save your troubles for another day/
    Come go with me weve got it made/
    Let me take you on an escapade (lets go)
    —" Escapade," Janet Jackson
  10. ebb
    the outward flow of the tide
    There's a blue whale beached by a springtide's ebb/
    (That's my soul up there)/
    There's a butterfly trapped in a spider's web/
    (That's my soul up there)
    —"King of Pain," The Police

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