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Lessons 1, 2, and 3 of NEW BOOK

Terms

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eponym
A person for whom something is or is thought to be named
appellation
A name or title that distinguishes or identifies
polyglot
Consisting of many groups speaking different languages
neologism
A newly made-up word, phrase, or expression
vagary
A wild or unpredictable notion or action; odd fancy
serendipity
The ability to make valuable discoveries by chance; luck
terminate
To bring to an end; conclude
diphthong
A speech sound that consists of either two vowels or a vowel and a semivowel (such as y) contained in a single syllable
converge
To approach the same point from different directions; meet
tangential
Only superficially relevant or related
propitious
Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious; advantageous
vicissitude
One of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activites, or surroundings
patois
A dialect other than the standard dialect of a language, especially a regional or uneducated for of speech
parlance
A particular manner or kind of speech: legal parlance
solecism
The ungrammatical usage of a word or construction of a sentence
crux
The basic or essential feature of something
continuity
The condition of being without a stop or interruption
providential
Resulting from or seeming to result from divine will; fortunate; oppurtune
quirk
A peculiarity of behavior; mannerism; idiosyncrasy
amulet
An object worn to bring luck or to protect against evil or injury; charm
linguistics
The study of human speech, especially its components, structure, and nature, and how it changes
pivotal
Central or crucial to something; very important
sequel
Something that follows; continuation
incantation
A set of words spoken as a magic charm or to cast a magic spell
initiate
To begin; originate; cause to begin
subordinate
One subject to the authority of another
ultimate
Last; coming at the end
fatalism
The belief that all events are determined in advance by fate and cannot be changed by human means
vulgar
Spoken by or using the language spoken by the common people rather than literary, cultured, or learned people; vernacular
carpricious
Characterized by or subject to sudden, unpredictalble changes; fickle

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