“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 1 – 25 Words

mentor

a wise and trusted guide and advisor

I’ll be your guide—sort of your mentor.
mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

Before we meet my friends and start to party, we’d better get some boring, mundane stuff out of the way.
bizarre

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Well, for the verbal part, the most important thing you need to know is those bizarre words they’re always sticking into the test.
charlatan

a flamboyant deceiver

Do you know what a charlatan is?
discerning

having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

Anyway, Axel is a very discerning guy.
deleterious

harmful to living things

He told me that my weak vocabulary would be deleterious to my academic future; in other words, it would hurt my chances of getting into a decent college.
morose

showing a brooding ill humor

I became kind of morose when I realized that I would have to study long lists of words.
aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm

It was no aberration.
chicanery

the use of tricks to deceive someone

There was no chicanery involved.
cognition

the psychological result of perception and reasoning

Since I find cognition a somewhat tedious process, I figured other people might too.
tedious

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

Since I find cognition a somewhat tedious process, I figured other people might too.
unadulterated

without qualification

I said to myself, “Why not give the students coming up a break? Why should they have to go through one month of unadulterated misery as I did?”
sporadic

recurring in scattered or unpredictable instances

(It’s rare, but it happens sporadically.)
didactic

instructive, especially excessively

I thought, why not fire up the word processor and crank out a little didactic tale to help people like you learn the words without having to give up all your fun?
prodigious

great in size, force, extent, or degree

Together, we have a prodigious vocabulary.
denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

This gives you the denotation of the word as it is used in the episode.
lexicon

a language user’s knowledge of words

All of these words are the ones the guys in Princeton, New Jersey who dream up the SAT assume to be part of a good student’s lexicon.
ignominy

a state of dishonor

There’s no ignominy in forgetting the meanings of words.
arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

That’s because he’s also picking up new words every day—really arcane words like “maki-mono.”
gargantuan

of great mass; huge and bulky

My roommates and I keep a gargantuan one on our kitchen table in the house so we can look up words we meet in our travels.
eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Pretty eccentric, right?
pedestrian

lacking wit or imagination

It would be great if you could get this pedestrian stuff out of the way so we can get to know each other better.
daunting

discouraging through fear

Hey, I know the thing looks a little daunting, but I think the meanings are quite explicit.
explicit

in accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term

Hey, I know the thing looks a little daunting, but I think the meanings are quite explicit.
saga

a narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family

See, I use many of the words I’ve taught you in each episode later in the saga so that you learn how they’re used in different ways and to help you remember them.

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