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Sham January 31, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 12:26 am


sham (this is another word that requires no pronunciation edification) n., Something that is not what it purports to be; a spurious imitation; fraud or hoax.
Despite the convincing “labored look” she donned, her bowling alley pregnancy was merely a sham.

*FUN FACT: ‘Sham’ is also available as an adjective or a verb!


Audacity January 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 10:30 pm


audacity (aw-das-i-tee) n., Bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints; effrontery or insolence.
She was rather shocked that Toaster had the audacity to gnaw on her beloved princess wand!


Indignation January 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 11:44 pm


indignation (in-dig-ney-shuhn) n., Strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
After tolerating 57 minutes of automated messages thanking her for continuing to hold, she glared at the phone in fervent indignation.


Repose January 27, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 11:59 pm


repose (ri-pohz) n., The state of being at rest, calm, tranquil, or composed; temporary rest from activity, excitement, or exertion.
Although it was typically thought to have an invigorating effect, she garnered repose while sippin’ on Kombucha.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 11:57 pm


frenzied (fren-zeed) adj., Wildly excited or uncontrolled.
Despite being on a “low dose”, Prednisone elicited frenzied behavior in her.


Ersatz January 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 2:53 am


ersatz (er-zahts or -sahts) adj., Serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial.
Per doctor’s orders, she administered ersatz tears to her right eye once an hour to prevent drying of the cornea while affected by the Bell’s palsy.



Askew January 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 4:09 am


askew (uh-skyoo) adverb, To one side; out of line; in a crooked position.
She smiled askew due to Bell’s palsy, a condition that causes temporary paralysis on one side of the face.


Dishabille January 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 5:52 pm


dishabille (dis-uh-beel or dis-uh bee) n., The state of being only partly or scantily clothed.
She was unable to pull up her jeans before the camera flashed and caught her in dishabille.



Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 12:34 am


anomalous (uh-nom-uh-luhs) adj., Deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal.
Although she felt it was prudent to protect her teeth from stains, her inclination to sip coffee through a straw was widely considered to be anomalous behavior.


Vacillate January 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — MELODRAMANIAC @ 4:31 am


vacillate (vas-uh-leyt) v., To waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute.

She tended to vacillate in the cereal aisle for an inordinate amount of time due to the plethora of options.