The World of Rusty Taylor, a hemp-inspired quadriplegic jester disguised as a jazz-singing poet and writer
Glossary

  • abscond - to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution.
  • absquatulate - to flee; abscond.
  • abstemious - sparing or moderate in eating or drinking; temperate in diet.
  • adamantine - utterly unyielding or firm in attitude or opinion.
  • adventitious - adjective: 1. Associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic. 2. Biology, Zoology. Appearing as an abnormal or unusual place, as a root.
  • ad hominem [ad-HOM-uh-nuhm, -nem] adjective - 1. appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason. 2. attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument.
  • ad rem - without digressing; in a straightforward manner.
  • aestival - of or relating to the summer.
  • agley - off the right line; awry; wrong.
  • ailurophilia [ahy-loor-uh-FIL-ee-uh, ey-loor-] noun - a liking for cats, as by cat fanciers.
  • alate - having wings; winged.
  • albumen [al-BVYOO-muhn] - noun: 1. the white of the egg.
  • alembic - anything that transforms, purifies, or refines.
  • ambivert [AM-bi-vurt] noun - one whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert.
  • ambulant [AM-byuh-luhnt] adjective - 1. moving from place to place; itinerant; shifting. 2. Medicine/Medical - a. not confined to bed; able or strong enough to walk. b. serving patients who are able to walk.
  • amygdaliform - shaped like an almond.
  • anagnorisis [an-ag-NAWR-uh-sis] noun - (in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia (a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal, especially in a literary work).
  • analphabetic [an-al-fuh-BET-ik] adjective - 1. not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters. 2. unable to read or write; illiterate.
  • aphesis [AF-uh-sis] - noun: Historical Linguistics - the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of a word slant from aslant.
  • aphotic - lightless; dark.
  • apopleptic - intense enough to threaten or cause a stroke.
  • apoptosis - a normal, genetically regulated process leading to the death of cells and triggered by the presence or absence of certain stimuli, as DNA damage. Also called programmed cell death.
  • apotropiac - intended to ward off evil.
  • approbate - to approve officially.
  • armamentarium - a fruitful source of devises or materials available or used for an undertaking.
  • arthropod - noun: 1. Any invertebrate of the phylum Arthropoda, having a segmented body, jointed limbs, and a usually chitinous shell that undergoes moltings, including the insects, spiders and other arachnids, crustaceans, and myriapods.
  • aureate - very elaborate; flowery; ornate; gilded; gilt; gold; golden.
  • badinage [bad-n-AHZH], noun – light, playful talk; banter.
  • balsamaceous - possessing healing or restorative properties.
  • banns - noun (used with a plural verb): 1. Notice of an intended marriage, given three times in the parish church of each of the betrothed. 2. Any public announcement of a proposed marriage either verbal or written and made in a church or by church officials.
  • bibelot [BIB-loh; Fr. beebuh-LOH], noun – a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.
  • boffin[BOF-in] - noun: a scientist or technical support.
  • borborygmus - a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
  • bosh - absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.
  • bosky [BOS-kee] - 1. covered with bushes, bushes, and small trees; woody. 2. shady.
  • brisance - the shattering effect of a high explosive.
  • bumptious - offensively self-assertive.
  • canorous [kuh-NOR-us; KAN-or-uhs], adjective – richly melodious; pleasant sounding; musical.
  • cant - to talk hypocritically.
  • capriccio [kuh-PREE-chee-oh] noun - 1. a caper; prank. 2. Music - a composition in a free, irregular style.
  • caprine [KAP-rahyn, rin] adjective - of or pertaining to goats.
  • captious - disposed to find fault or raise objections.
  • catamite - a boy or youth who is in a sexual relationship with a man.
  • catawampus - confused or diagonal.
  • charactonym - the name given to a literary character that is descriptive of the quality or trait of the character.
  • chthonic [THONE-ik], adjective – dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
  • cicatrix - new tissue that forms over a wound.
  • Cimmerian - very dark; gloomy; deep.
  • civet - noun: 1. A yellowish unctuous substance with a strong musk like odor, obtained from a pouch in the genital region of civets and used in perfumery. 2. Any catlike, carnivorous mammal of the subfamily Viverrinae, chiefly of southern Asia and Africa, having a coarse-haired, spotted coat, rounded ears, and a narrow muzzle. 
  • cockalolrum [kok-uh-LAWR-uhm] noun - a self-important little man.
  • collop - a small slice of meat.
  • columbine [KOL-uhm-bahyn, -bin] adjective - 1. dovelike; dove-colored. 2. of a dove.
  • complacency - adjective: 1. A feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
  • concupiscence - sexual drsire; lust. Ardent, usually sensual, longing.
  • contigious [kuhn-TIG-yoo-uhs] adjective: 1. touching; in contact. 2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
  • convivial - adjective: 1. Friendly; agreeable. 2. Fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial.. 3. Of or benefiting a feast; festive.
  • cordate - heart-shaped.
  • crepitate - to make a crackling sound.
  • cruciverbalist - a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.
  • cuittle [KY-tl] verb - to wheedle, cajole,  or coax.
  • cumshaw - a present; gratuity; tip.
  • cumulus - a heap; pile.
  • cunctation - delay; tardiness.
  • declamatory - eloquent; pompous; grandiloquent; articulent.
  • décolletage – a low neckline on a woman's dress or top.
  • demonym - the name given to people who live in a particular country, state, or other locality: Two demonyms for the people who live in Michigan are Michigander and Michiganian.
  • descry - to catch sight of; detect.
  • desinence - a termination or ending, as the final line of a verse.
  • discombobulate - to confuse or upset.
  • divulse - to tear away or apart.
  • doyenne - a woman who is the senior member of a group, class, or profession.
  • effulgence [i-FUL-juhn(t)s], noun – the the state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
  • Eire [AIR-uh, AHY-ruh, AIR-ee, AHY-ree] noun - 1. the Irish name for Ireland. 2. a former name (1937-49) of the Republic of Ireland.
  • effloresce [ef-luh-RES] verb - to burst into bloom; blossom. 2. Chemistry - a. to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of crystallization. b. to become incrusted or covered with crystals of salt or the like through evaporation or chemical change.
  • emolument - the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
  • endemic - 1. belonging exclusively or confined to a particular place. 2. Natural or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous. Noun : an endemic place.
  • endive - noun: 1. A composite plant having a rosette of often curly-edged leaves used in salads. 2. Furniture. An ornamental motif having the form of an arrangement of acanthus or endive leaves.
  • ephebe - a young man.
  • estivate - to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity.
  • excogitate - to think out; devise; invent.
  • exculpate - to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
  • exiguity [ek-suh-GYOO-uht-ee], noun – scantiness; smallness; thinness; the quality of being meager. – EXIGUOUS – adjective. 
  • fabulist - a person who invents or relates fables. A liar.
  • fainaigue - to shirk; evade work or responsibility.
  • farceur [ fahr-SUR] - noun: 1. a joker; wag. 2. a writer or director of or actor in farce.
  • fard - to apply cosmetics.
  • filiopietistic - pertaining to reverence of forebears or tradition, especially if carried to excess.
  • ferity - a wild, untamed, uncultivated state. savagery, ferocity.
  • fetial - concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace.
  • foofaraw - a great fuss about something insignificant. An excessive amount of decoration.
  • frippery [FRIP-uh-ree] noun - 1. finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like. 2. empty display; ostentation.
  • fustian - inflated or turgid language in writing or speaking.
  • gadabout - someone who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
  • galligaskins [gal-i-GAS-kinz] - noun: 1. leggings or gaiters, usually of leather. 2. loose hose or breeches worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • gambit - a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.
  • gasconade - extravagant boasting; boastful talk.
  • grimalkin [gri-MAL-kin, -MAWL-] noun - 1. a cat. 2. an old female cat.
  • guile - insidiously cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.
  • hauteur - adjective: 1. Haughty manner or spirit; arrogance.
  • hippophile [HIP-uh-fahyl, -fil] noun - one who loves horses.
  • hircine - of, pertaining to, or resembling a goat.
  • hornswaggle - to trick or hoax.
  • hursute - hairy.
  • hoyden - a boisterous girl.
  • idem [AHY-dem, ID-em] - pronoun: the same as previously given or mentioned.
  • idoneous - appropriate; fit; suitable; apt.
  • immiscible [ih-MIS-uh-buhl] adjective - not miscible; incapable og being mixed.
  • immolate - to kill or sacrifice, especially by burning.
  • inchoate - incipient; especially, imperfectly formed or formulated. formless. incoherent.
  • inglenook [ING-guhl-nook] - noun: a corner or nook near a fireplace.
  • irriguous - well-watered, as land.
  • instauration - renewal; restoration; renovation; repair.
  • junta - a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
  • katzenjammer - the discomfort and illness experienced as a result of excessive drinking.
  • kibitzer [KIB-it-ser],  – 1. a giver of uninvited or unwanted advice. 2. a spectator at a card game who looks at the players' cards over the players' shoulders, especially one who gives unsolicited advice. 3. a person who jokes, chitchats or makes wisecracks, especially while others are trying to work or discuss something seriously. 
  • larrup - to beat or thrash.
  • leveret [LEV-er-it] noun - a young hare.
  • levigate - to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder.
  • lissom [LISS-uhm], adjective – 1. limber; supple; flexible. 2. light and quick in action; nimble; agile; active.
  • lollapalooza - an extraordinary person, thing, or event.
  • magniloquent - speaking or expressed in lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.
  • Maintenon [man-tuh-nawn] noun: 1. Marquise de (Francoise d‘Aubigne). 1635-11, the mistress and, from 1685, second wife of Louis XIV.
  • mammonism - the greedy pursuit of riches.
  • manumit - to release from slavery or servitude.
  • mazuma [muh-ZOO-mah], noun – money.
  • mendacious - adjective: 1. Telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful. 2. False or untrue.
  • mendacity - 1. a tendency to lie; untruthfulness. 2. An instance of lying; falsehood.
  • mordant - biting; caustic; sarcastic.
  • multifarious - having a great diversity or variety.
  • muslin - noun: 1. A cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes.
  • natch - of course; naturally.
  • neologize [nee-OL-uh-jahyz] - verb: 1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words. 2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines.
  • nescience [NESH-uhn(t)s; NESH-ee-uhn(t)s], noun – lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance. 
  • nictitate - to wink.
  • nostrum - a questionable remedy.
  • nuque [nook] noun  – the back of the neck.
  • objurgate [OB-jurh-gayt], transitive verb – to express strong disapproval of; to criticize severely. 
  • obliquity [uh-BLIK-wi-tee, oh-BLIK-] noun - 1. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like. 2. the state of being obliwque.
  • obnubilate [ob-NOO-buh-leyt], verb – to cloud over; becloud; obscure.
  • obtuse - not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect.
  • ocellus - a type of simple eye common to invertebrates, consisting of retinal cells, pigments, and nerve fibers. An eyelike spot, as on a peacock feather.
  • oeillade [oh-yade] noun - an amorous glance; ogle
  • oleaginous - having the nature or qualities of oil. Containing oil. Producing oil. Uncuous; fawning; smarmy.
  • omphaloskepsis [om-fuh-loh-SKEP-sis] noun - contemplation of one's navel as part of a mysterious exercise.
  • operose - done with or involving much labor.
  • oracular - ambiguous, obscure.
  • outrance - the utmost extremity.
  • palaver - a long parley usually between persons of different cultures or levels of sophistication.
  • palladium - anything believed to provide protection or safety; safeguard.
  • palpate - to examine (a part of the human body) by touch, especially for medical purposes.
  • pasquinade - noun: 1. A satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place. 
  • peremptory [puh-remp-tuh-ree] adjective: 1. Leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imparative. 2. Imperious or dictatorial. 3. Positive or assertive in speech, tone, manner, etc. 
  • peripatetic - walking or traveling about; itenerant. (capitalized) of or pertaining to Aristotle,wo taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceum in ancient Athens. 
  • peroration - a long speech characterized by loftly and often pompous language.
  • perquisite - an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular payment, salary, or wages.
  • perspicuous [per-SPIK-yoo-uhs] - adjective: 1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid. 2. perspicacious.
  • pettifog - to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
  • pettifogging [PET-ee-fog-ing -faw-ging] - adjective: 1. insignificant; petty. 2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
  • philately [fi-LAT-lee] noun - 1. the collecting of stamps or other postal matter as a hobby or investment. 2. the study of postal stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.
  • philter - a drink supposed to arouse sexual excitement in its drinker.
  • piacular - expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
  • pleach - 1. to interweave branches or vines for a hedge or arbor. 2. to make or renew (a hedge, arbor, etc.) by such interweaving. 3. To braid (hair).
  • plenipotentiary - invested with full power.
  • pleonasm - 1. the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy. 2. an instance of this, as free gift or true fact. 3. a redundant word or expression.
  • pluvial [PLOO-vee-uhl] adjective - 1. of or purtaining to rain; rainy. 2. Geology - occurring through the action of rain.
  • pochismo - an English word or expression borrowed into Spanish.
  • pococurante - caring little; indifferent; nonchalant.
  • portend - To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; bode.
  • postern [poh-stern] noun: 1. A back door or gate. A private entrance or any entrance other than the main one.
  • potvaliancy - brave only as a result of being drunk.
  • prelusive[pri-LOO-siv] adjective - introductory.
  • probity [proh-bi-tee] noun: 1. Integrity and uprightness; honesty.
  • profluent - flowing smoothly or abundantly forth.
  • propitious - presenting favorable circumstances.
  • prurient - 1. having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc. 2. Causing lasciviousness or lust. 3. Having a restless desire or longing.
  • pugnacious [puhg-NAY-shus] – inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.
  • quadrennial - occurring every four years.
  • quare - remarkable or strange. Great or good.
  • quotidian - daily. Usual or customary; everyday. Ordinary; commonplace. 
  • rialto [ree-AL-toh], noun – an exchange or mart.
  • rutilant - glowing or glittering with ruddy or golden light.
  • sapid - 1. Having taste or flavor, especially having a strong pleasant flavor. 2. Agreeable to the mind; to one's liking.
  • sardanapalian - excessively luxurious. 
             origin: First used in English in the 1860s, sardanapalian is an eponym that   
                        comes from the legendary Assyrian king Sardanapal who was famous for
                        his decadence. 
  • sartorial - of or pertaining to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.
  • schatzi [SHAHT-see] noun - Slang: sweethart, darling.
  • sciamachy [sahy-AM-uh-kee] noun - an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.
  • scofflaw [SKAWF-law. SKOF-] noun - 1. a person who flauts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed. 2. a person who flauts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.
  • scolionophobia - a fear of school.
  • screed - a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
  • selcouth - strange; uncommon.
  • seriatim [sir-ee-AY-tim; -AT-im], adverb – in a series; one after another. 
  • sessile - [SES-il, -ahyl] - Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving. Biology. attached at the base, or without any distinct projecting support.
  • simulacrum - an image or representation of someone or something.
  • sockdolager - decisive blow or remark.
  • solecism - a nonstandard or ungrammatical usage, as unflamable or they was; a breach of good manners or etiquette; any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.
  • splenetic [spli-NET-ik], adjective – 1. irritable; peevish; spiteful. 2. of the spleen; splenic. 3. Obsolete: affected with, characterized by, or tending to produce meloncholy. noun – 1. a splenetic person.
  • spoonerism [SPOO-nuh-riz-uhm], noun – the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words. Example: 'Is the bean dizzy?' instead of 'Is the dean busy?'
  • sprachgefuhl - a sensitivity to language, especially for what is grammatically or idiomatically acceptable in a given language.
  • squib [skwib] - noun: a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing. 2. Journalism. a short news story, often used as a filler. - verb: 1. to write squibs. 2. to shoot a squib.
  • sudorific - causing sweat.
  • susurrus [su-SUHR-uhs] – a whispering or rustling sound.; a murmur.
  • sylph - a slender, graceful woman or girl.
  • tchotchke - trinket; a knickknack.
  • tellurian - of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants, terrestrial.
  • terpsichorean [turp-si-kuh-REE-uhn, turp-si-KAWR-ee-uhn] adjective - pertaining to dance.
  • totem [TOH-tuhm] noun - 1. a natural object or an animate being, as an animal or bird, assumed as an emblem for a clan, family, or group. 2. an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or sib considers itself closely related.
  • truculent - eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
  • tyro - a beginner or novice.
  • undecillion - a cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 36 zeros, and in Great Britain by one followed by 66 zeros.
  • umbrage [UHM-brij] – 1, shade; shadow; hence, something that affords shade, as a screen of trees, or foliage. 2. a vague or indistinct indication; a hint. 3. reason for doubt; suspicion. 4. suspicion of injury or wrong.
  • unguent - an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
  • valetudinarian - one who is unduly concerned with he health.
  • ventose - given to empty talk; windy.
  • vexillology - the study of flags.
  • vibrissa - one of the stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as a whisker of a cat.
  • vitiate - to spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.
  • vittate [VIT-eyt] adjective - 1. striped longitudinally. 2. provided with or having vitta or vittae.
  • votary - 1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life. 2. A devoted admirer. 3. A devoted adherent of a religion or cult. 4. A dedicated believer or advocate. 
  • weltschmerz - 1. Sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life. Origin: weltschmertz comes from the German welt, "world" and schmerz, "pain."
  • williwaw [WIL-ee-waw] - noun: a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
  • winnow - to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities. 2. to drive or blow (chaff, dirt, etc.) away by fanning. 3. to blow upon; fan. 4. to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; analyze critically; sift: to winnow a mass of statements. 5. to separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts) (sometimes followed by out  ): to winnow falsehood from truth. 
  • xylography [zahy-LOG-ruh-fee] noun - the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings.
  • yarborough [YAHR-bur-oh] - a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
  • yeasty [YEE-stee] - 1. of, containing, or resembling yeast. 2. frothy; foamy. 3. youthful; exuberant; ebullient. 4. trifling; frivolous. 5. characterized by agitation, excitement, change, etc.
  • zakuska [zuh-KOOS-kuh], noun – an hors d'oeuvre.
  • zyzzyva - any of various South American weevils of the genus Zyzzyva, often destructive to plants.






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