“Simon’s Saga,” Vocabulary from Episode 6 – 25 Words

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

In sociological jargon I know they say “significant other,” but that’s kind of impersonal for me.
obstinate

marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

I’m sort of obstinate about these things.
subtle

difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze

I prefer to call her my girlfriend—not subtle, but not ambiguous either.
ambiguous

open to two or more interpretations

I prefer to call her my girlfriend—not subtle, but not ambiguous either.
paramount

having superior power and influence

Except she’s the person who’s paramount in my affections—numero uno.
cordial

politely warm and friendly

She’s so cordial.
colloquy

formal conversation

When I have a paper due we have a little colloquy on it and he puts me on the right track.
replicate

reproduce or make an exact copy of

And before a test he crams information into me until I can replicate it verbatim.
verbatim

using exactly the same words

And before a test he crams information into me until I can replicate it verbatim.
reiterate

say, state, or perform again

He tirelessly reiterates concepts that I’m too obtuse to understand.
obtuse

slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

He tirelessly reiterates concepts that I’m too obtuse to understand.
rebuke

censure severely or angrily

He rebukes me when my attention wanders.
revivify

give new life or energy to

He even revivifies me when I find the discussion soporific and I become somnolent and take a little sojourn in slumberland.
soporific

inducing sleep

He even revivifies me when I find the discussion soporific and I become somnolent and take a little sojourn in slumberland.
somnolent

inclined to or marked by drowsiness

He even revivifies me when I find the discussion soporific and I become somnolent and take a little sojourn in slumberland.
sojourn

a temporary stay

He even revivifies me when I find the discussion soporific and I become somnolent and take a little sojourn in slumberland.
undaunted

unshaken in purpose

He just keeps going, undaunted by anything.
convoluted

highly complex or intricate

His name situation is a little convoluted, but I’ll try to unravel it for you.
appellation

identifying words by which someone or something is called

You see, he has a number of appellations (tags, to use the vernacular).
vernacular

the everyday speech of the people

You see, he has a number of appellations (tags, to use the vernacular).
amenable

open to being acted upon in a certain way

He’s pretty amenable to any of them.
idiom

expression whose meaning cannot be inferred from its words

Have you heard the idiom “has an ax to grind”? Yeah, it means that the reason someone is doing something is selfishness.
abortive

failing to accomplish an intended result

Well, I see that once again my attempt to stay on one topic has been abortive.
narrative

an account that tells the particulars of an act or event

In fact, I’ve forgotten what the main thread of this little narrative was.
melange

a motley assortment of things

It’s become a regular melange.

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