Lyrical Vocabulary: Return to the '90s #2

10 more words from the era of the dot com bubble and boy band stubble.

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.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. chafe
    become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
    And now my bitter hands chafe/
    beneath the clouds/
    of what was everything.-"Black" Pearl Jam
  2. jaded
    bored or apathetic after experiencing too much of something
    can you help me remember how to smile?/
    make it somehow all seem worthwhile/
    how on earth did i get so jaded?/
    life's mysteries seem so faded-"Runaway Train" Soul Asylum
  3. wince
    the facial expression of sudden pain
    Look 'em dead in the eye/
    And they wince- "Move" Public Enemy
  4. libertine
    a dissolute person
    I know you, little libertine/
    I know you're a real koo koo- "Cannonball" Breeders
  5. naivete
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
    Strength and courage overrides/
    The privileged and weary eyes/
    Of river poet search naiveté- "Find the River" REM
  6. dilettante
    an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention
    I guess that makes you a full time hypocrite or some kind of/
    twisted dilettante/
    Funny though people don't usually get so ugly till they think/
    they know what they want/-"How to be Dumb" -Elvis Costello
  7. centrifugal
    tending to move away from a center
    It' s the way you love me/
    It's a feeling like this/
    It's centrifugal motion/
    It's perpetual bliss- "This Kiss" Faith Hill
  8. animosity
    a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
    And we lay down on the sand of the sea/
    And before us animosity will stand and decree/
    That we speak not of love only blasphemy- "7" Artist formerly known as Prince
  9. repercussion
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
    Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in/
    Who you gon' tell when the repercussions spin-
    "Doo Wop ( That Thing)" Lauryn Hill
  10. undulate
    move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
    The shades and shadows/
    Undulate in my perception-" Never is a Promise" Fiona Apple

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