Lyrical Vocabulary: Return to the '80s

Song lyrics from the '80s used to illustrate 10 vocabulary words. Not included: "Neunundneunzig Luftballons", because the vocabulary is from English. That's German.

Check out the box set: Lyrical Vocabulary List Volume 1" and " Volume II; and also Lyrics Lists from The 2000s, The '90s #1, The '90s #2, The '80s, and The '70s.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. imbecile
    a person of subnormal intelligence
    And you can act real rude/
    And totally removed/
    And I can act like an imbecile-"Safety Dance" Men Without Hats
  2. infiltrate
    pass into or through by filtering or permeating
    On the face of the earth spreadin like disease/
    Contaminating infiltrating like a horde of bees- "Raising Hell" RUN DMC
  3. commence
    set in motion, cause to start
    The rhymes have to make (a lot of sense)/
    You got to know where to start (when the beats commence..)- "Sucker M.C.s" RUN DMC
  4. parameter
    any factor defining a system and determining its performance
    Expanding the horizons and expanding the parameters/
    Expanding the rhymes of sucker M.C. amateurs-"Sounds of Science" Beastie Boys
  5. stilted
    artificially formal
    Crumpled bits of paper/
    Filled with imperfect thought/
    Stilted conversations/
    I'm afraid that's all we've got- "The Living Years" Mike + The Mechanics
  6. slight
    lacking substance or significance
    Here come the world/
    With the look in its eye/
    Future uncertain but certainly slight-"Devil Inside" INXS
  7. revelation
    communication by a divine or supernatural agency
    Music can be such a revelation/
    Dancing around you feel the sweet sensation- "Into the Groove" Madonna
  8. promenade
    a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk
    Now there's trouble busin' in from outta state/
    and the D.A. can't get no relief/
    Gonna be a rumble out on the promenade/
    and the gamblin' commissions hangin' on by the skin of its teeth-"Atlantic City" Bruce Springsteen
  9. impulsive
    determined by chance or whim rather than by necessity
    Sometimes you're so impulsive,/
    You shaved off all your hair/
    You look like Boris Karloff and you don't even care-"Zombie Zoo" Tom Petty
  10. crescendo
    grow louder
    As He Came Into The Window/
    It Was The Sound Of A Crescendo/
    He Came Into Her Apartment/
    He Left The Bloodstains On The Carpet- "Smooth Criminal" Michael Jackson

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