Monday, June 15, 2009

Third Policeman Vocab

As if trying to figure out what was going on in The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien wasn't hard enough he had to go and put in a bunch of words I didn't know. I looked them up but it didn't help me understand the book any better. Oh, well.

Coterie 1. a group of people who associate closely
2. an exclusive group; clique

Velocipede 1. a vehicle, usually having two or three wheels, that is propelled by the rider
2. an early kind of bicycle or tricycle

Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal

Lascar 1. an East Indian sailor
2. Anglo-Indian. an artilleryman

Excoriation 1. the act of excoriating
2. the state of being excoriated

so I looked up:
Excoriate 1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally
2. to strip off or remove the skin from

Acatalectic 1. (adj) not catalectic; complete
2. (noun) a verse having the complete number of syllables in the last foot

so I looked up:
Catalectic - lacking a syllable at the end of a line in metrical verse or ending in an incomplete foot

Banjax - ruin, smash, damage

Defalcation 1. misappropriation of money or funds held by an official, trustee, or other fiduciary
2. the sum misappropriated

Buncombe (variation of bunkum) - insincere speech making by a politician intended merely to please local constituents
( I think I would have gotten this one but the spelling threw me off.)

Vitiate - to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil

Rhodomontade 1. a bragging speech
2. vain boasting or bluster

Peregrination 1. travel from one place to another, esp. on foot
2. a course of travel; journey

Desideratum - something wanted or needed

Mutandum - thing which is to be changed; something which must be altered

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