Unit 3: Vocabulary from Readings 5

This list covers "Let’s Hear It for the Cheerleaders," "Girl Moved to Tears by Of Mice and Men Cliffs Notes," and "Advice to Youth."
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  1. novice
    someone new to a field or activity
    Novices can learn how to create a successful cheer routine with hot music, unique moves, fab formations, and multiple levels.
  2. compilation
    something that is gathered together
    In an average year, high school footballers lose 5.6 playing days to injuries, according to the January 1998 Harper’s Index, a compilation of statistics.
  3. conducive
    tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
    Routines should become more static, and chants should become more grammatical, more literary and more conducive to the kinder, gentler society we all hope for in the next century.
  4. seminal
    influential and providing a basis for later development
    In what she described as “the most emotional moment” of her academic life, University of Virginia sophomore communications major Grace Weaver sobbed openly upon concluding Steinbeck's seminal work of American fiction Of Mice And Men's Cliffs Notes early last week.
  5. demise
    the event of departure from life
    Weaver, who formed an “instant connection” with Lennie’s character-description paragraph, said she began to suspect the novel might end tragically after reading the fourth sentence which suggested the gentle giant’s strength and fascination with soft things would “lead to his untimely demise.”
  6. commentary
    a written explanation or criticism or illustration
    “I was amazed at how attached to him I had become just from the critical commentary,” said Weaver, still clutching the yellow-and-black-striped study guide.
  7. ephemeral
    lasting a very short time
    “When I got to the last sentence—‘George shoots Lennie in the head’—it seemed so abrupt. But I found out later that the ‘ ephemeral nature of life’ is a major theme of the novel.”
  8. austere
    severely simple
    Weaver was assigned Of Mice And Men—a novel scholars have called “a masterpiece of austere prose” and “the most skillful example of American naturalism under 110 pages”—as part of her early twentieth-century fiction course, and purchased the Cliffs Notes from a cardboard rack at her local Barnes & Noble.
  9. didactic
    instructive, especially excessively
    Being told I would be expected to talk here, I inquired what sort of talk I ought to make. They said it should be something suitable to youth—something didactic, instructive, or something in the nature of good advice.
  10. maintain
    state categorically
    Some authorities hold that the young ought not to lie at all. That of course, is putting it rather stronger than necessary; still while I cannot go quite so far as that, I do maintain, and I believe I am right, that the young ought to be temperate in the use of this great art until practice and experience shall give them that confidence, elegance, and precision which alone can make the accomplishment graceful and profitable.
  11. eminence
    high status importance owing to marked superiority
    Patience, diligence, painstaking attention to detail—these are requirements; these in time, will make the student perfect; upon these, and upon these only, may he rely as the sure foundation for future eminence.
  12. peerless
    eminent beyond or above comparison
    Think what tedious years of study, thought, practice, experience, went to the equipment of that peerless old master who was able to impose upon the whole world the lofty and sounding maxim that “Truth is mighty and will prevail”—the most majestic compound fracture of fact which any of woman born has yet achieved.
  13. preposterous
    inviting ridicule
    A feeble, stupid, preposterous lie will not live two years—except it be a slander upon somebody.
  14. slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    A feeble, stupid, preposterous lie will not live two years—except it be a slander upon somebody.
  15. precept
    a rule of personal conduct
    Build your character thoughtfully and painstakingly upon these precepts, and by and by, when you have got it built, you will be surprised and gratified to see how nicely and sharply it resembles everybody else’s.
Created on November 29, 2021 (updated January 14, 2022)

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