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APLAC Vocab Units 1,2,3

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Appellation
A name or title that distinguishes or identifies
Diphthong
A speech sound that consists of either two vowels or a vowel and a semivowel
Eponym
A person for whom something is or is thought to be named
Linguistics
The study of human speech, especially its components, structure, and nature, and how it changes
Neologism
A newly made-up word, phrase, or expression
Parlance
A particular manner or kind of speech
Patois
a. A dialect other than the standard dialect of a language, especially a regional or uneducated form of speech. b. The distinctive language of a special group; jargon
Polygot
a.consisting of many groups speaking different languages. b. speaking or writing several languages. c. containing elements or material from different languages. noun. a. a person who knows several languages. b. a mixture of languages
Solecism
a. The ungrammatical usage of a word or construction of a sentence. b. A violation of good manners or good taste. c. something out of the normal or proper order
Vulgar
a. Spoken by or using the language spoken by the common people rather than literary, cultured, or learned people; vernacular. b. of or associated with the common people. c. Lacking taste or delicacy; coarse. d. conspicuous and excessive;pretentious
Amulet
An object worn to bring luck or to protect against evil or injury; charm
Capricious
Characterized by or subject to sudden, unpredictable changes; fickle
Fatalism
The belief that all events are determined in advance by fate and cannot be changed by human means
Incantation
A set of words spoken as a magic charm or to cast a magic spell
Propitious
Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious; advantageous
Providential
Resulting from or seeming to result from divine will; fortunate; opportune
Quirk
a. A peculiarity of behavior; mannerism; idiosyncrasy. b. An unpredictable or unaccountable shift in action
Serendipity
The ability to make valuable discoveries by chance; luck
Vagary
A wild or unpredictable notion or action; odd fancy
Vicissitude
a. One of the suddn or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activities, or surroundings. b. a change or variation
Continuity
a. The condition of being without a stop or interruption. b.An uninterrupted succession or flow
Converge
a. To approach the same point from different directions; meet. b. To move toward a common conclusion or result
Crux
a. the basic or essential feature of something. b. a baffling or puzzling point that is difficult to explain
Initiate
a. to begin; originate; cause to begin. b. to admit into membeship
Pivotal
a. central or crucial to something; very important. b. pertaining to pivot, the shaft about which a related part rotates or swings
Sequel
a. something that follows; continuation. b. a result or consequence. c. a literary work that, while completein itself, continues an already existing narrative
Subordinate
one subject to the authority of another
Tangential
Only superficially relevant or related
Terminate
To bring to an end;conlude
Ultimate
a. last; coming at the end. b. Farthest; extreme. c. greatest possible