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annotation

a critical or explanatory note

appellation

a name, title, or designation

eponym

A person whose name is, or is thought to be, the source of the name of something

linguistics

the study of the nature, structure, and variation of language

malapropism

ridiculous misuse of a word, especially by confusing it with one of a similar sound

neologism

a new word, expression, or usage

parlance

a particular manner of speaking

patois

a regional dialect, especially a nonstandard one that has no written tradition

polyglot

a. using several languages b. a person who speaks several languages

vulgar

a. of or related to the common people b. crude; indecent c. offensively excessive in the display of one's self or one's wealth

contingent

a. conditional; depending on other things b. a representative group forming part of a larger group

eventuality

something that may occur; a possibility

implausible

difficult to believe; not likely or credible

inconceivable

a. impossible to comprehend or fully grasp b. so unlikely as to be thought impossible; unimaginable

in vain

without success; completely ineffective

perchance

perhaps; possibly

preposterous

absurd; contrary to nature, reason, or common sense

proclivity

a natural inclination; a tendency

prone

having a tendency; inclined; likely to do or have something

theoretical

restricted to ideas; abstract or unproven

evolve

to develop or achieve gradually

immutable

unchangeable; not subject or susceptible to change

inveterate

a. firmly established and having existed for a long time; deep rooted b. habitual; repeatedly acting according to an ingrained habit

malleable

a. capable of being shaped or formed, as by hammering or pressure b. easily controlled or influenced

metamorphosis

a marked change in form, character, or function; a transformation

modulate

to adjust or adapt to a certain level or proportion; to regulate

protean

readily taking on different forms, characteristics, or meanings

sporadic

a. scattered; occurring at irregular intervals; having no regular pattern b. isolated; infrequent

transmute

to change from one form to another; to transform

volatile

a. tending to vary often or widely, as in price; subject to wide variation; inconstant b. tending toward violence; explosive c. evaporating readily at normal temperatures and pressures

abstruse

difficult to understand

acumen

quickness and keenness of insight or judgment

ascertain

to discover or determine with certainty, especially through examination or experimentation

cerebral

a. of or relating to the brain b. appealing to or requiring the use of intellect; intellectual

faculty

a. a natural power or ability b. division of a university or group of teachers

obfuscate

a. to make difficult to understand b. to darken; to make dim or difficult to see

ruminate

a. to think deeply about; to turn a matter over and over in one's mind b. to chew cud, or partially digested food

stymie

to prevent from making progress; to frustrate or thwart efforts

surmise

a. to guess; to draw a conclusion without sufficient evidence b. a guess; a conclusion drawn without sufficient evidence

tenet

a principle or belief held by a person or an organization

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