“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 2 – 30 Words

quiescent

being quiet or still or inactive

Generally, people are pretty quiescent around here on Saturday morning.
revelry

unrestrained merrymaking

I guess my roommates must be snoozing, catching up on their Zs after last night’s revelry.
novel

pleasantly new or different

That’s why I’m having this novel experience of being the only one up so early.
squander

spend thoughtlessly; throw away

But I know we won’t squander this chance.
ritual

any customary observance or practice

I’ve got this little ritual I do every Saturday morning before a game.
perambulate

walk with no particular goal

I know it sounds a little weird, but I perambulate around the campus and, eventually, I find myself at the stadium.
redundant

more than is needed, desired, or required

When you’re the quarterback you’re the head honcho. (Oops. Dr. Miller, my English professor, says “head” is redundant because honcho means “the head dude.”)
prescient

perceiving the significance of events before they occur

Now, you don’t have to be exactly prescient, but you do have to have some serious foresight because you never know what those guys on the other team are going to throw at you.
foresight

seeing ahead; knowing in advance; foreseeing

Now, you don’t have to be exactly prescient, but you do have to have some serious foresight because you never know what those guys on the other team are going to throw at you.
sustain

be the physical support of

These strategies should help us to sustain our drives on critical third down situations.
garrulous

full of trivial conversation

I get pretty garrulous when I sound off about football.
peregrinate

travel around, through, or over, especially on foot

Did you know that a lot of those old Greek philosophers liked to peregrinate, thinking and expounding on their ideas?
expound

add details, as to an account or idea

Did you know that a lot of those old Greek philosophers liked to peregrinate, thinking and expounding on their ideas?
peripatetic

traveling especially on foot

Some of them who followed Aristotle’s teachings were actually called peripatetic because they discussed philosophy while they were walking around.
digress

turn aside from the main subject of attention

Anyway, there I go, digressing again. I’ve strayed from the thread of this little story.
bibliophile

someone who loves and usually collects books

I’m no bibliophile, but I do have tremendous respect for the scholars who spent endless hours studying and writing all those tomes in there.
tome

a large and scholarly book

I’m no bibliophile, but I do have tremendous respect for the scholars who spent endless hours studying and writing all those tomes in there.
pundit

a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully

Some pundits say that books are obsolescent because this is the information age, but I think they have a pretty tenuous case.
obsolescent

becoming disused or outdated

Some pundits say that books are obsolescent because this is the information age, but I think they have a pretty tenuous case.
tenuous

lacking substance or significance

Some pundits say that books are obsolescent because this is the information age, but I think they have a pretty tenuous case.
missive

a written message addressed to a person or organization

You see, the Internet is OK for sending missives to your girlfriend, but for research (yep, even I can’t avoid having to take a peek at some data occasionally), nothing beats the good old library.
caricature

a representation of a person exaggerated for comic effect

Your caricature of me as a guy who’s just interested in scoping out girls is a travesty of the truth.
travesty

a composition that imitates or misrepresents a style

Your caricature of me as a guy who’s just interested in scoping out girls is a travesty of the truth.
erudition

profound scholarly knowledge

“Wow. Your vocabulary has certainly improved since your freshman year, Simon. Maybe you actually are acquiring erudition here.”
predilection

a predisposition in favor of something

My predilections certainly have changed, Dr. Larsen.
puerile

displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity

I’ve abandoned my puerile pursuits for loftier ones.
lofty

of high moral or intellectual value

I’ve abandoned my puerile pursuits for loftier ones.
peruse

examine or consider with attention and in detail

In con­sequence, my taste in the reading material that I like to peruse has become quite intellectual.
articulate

characterized by clear expressive language

“You certainly have become more articulate.”
sophisticated

having worldly knowledge and refinement

I see that your inter­ests really have become more sophisticated.

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