Career (v) – to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner
Try as I might to ignore it, I am careening towards the scary world of job-hunting and networking.
Sensibility (n) – refined or excessive sensitiveness in emotion and taste
It takes a certain sensibility to recognize high quality food, luckily for me (and my wallet) I take a very utilitarian approach to food.
Abide (v) – to accept without objection
The founding principle of science is to challenge everything and ask why because simply abiding by current standards makes us complacent.
Cuckoo (adj) – deficient in sense or intelligence : silly
I learned that you can go cuckoo for things other than Coco Puffs when Nintendo announced Inklings would be in the new Smash Bros.
Rectitude (n) – moral integrity : righteousness
People who claim to have a strong rectitude usually don’t because good people don’t have to tell others that they are good.
Parlous (adj) – full of danger or risk
Jumping into the online space with any opinion is a parlous venture, but being met with constructive criticism can only be beneficial.
Manticore (n) – a legendary animal with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion
The way my professor seems to develop math problems must not be too far from the hodgepodge design process of the manticore.
Delegate (v) – to entrust to another
A strong leader is not one who can do everything, but is able to delegate responsibility to the best possible person.
Grandiose (adj) – impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur
Lofty or grandiose goals may be daunting to chase after first, so it is important to begin with a good plan.
Bravado (n) – blustering swaggering conduct
Putting on a bravado about spicy food is usually accompanied by a fragile ego as well as a burnt tongue.
Thimblerig (v) – to cheat by trickery
To say that major lending firms thimblerigged the housing market truly minimizes their actions in destabilizing the economy.
Vanward (adj) – located in the vanguard
Vanward soldiers have the most difficult position to maintain in battle as they are the first to meet the enemy.
Never-never-land (n) – an ideal or imaginary place
I used to believe that becoming a confident person who is comfortable with his or herself was as likely as getting into never-never-land.
Lugubrious (adj) – mournful, dismal
I’ve heard that actors that put on lugubrious displays of anguish at funerals are in demand in China.
Cadre (n) – a group of people having some unifying relationship
The somber faces attached to the cadre of students provided sufficient explanation of how their exam performance went.
Yegg (n) – one that breaks open safes to steal
A portable safe is the number one choice of yeggs who wish to have the opportunity to take their time to crack it open.