Sunday, July 13, 2008

Using that vocab-game 2, week 2

First of all, let me say again how sorry I am about the confusion last week. Hope everyone is clear now on the directions. By the way, the tallies for Game 2 are posted in the sidebar...it's a very tight game so far, and there's plenty of time to catch up even if you didn't play last week.

A quick review of the rules:

1. Write as many sentences as you wish, but use no more than 10 of the vocabulary words.

2. You may use less than 10 words.

3. Annie will choose her five favorite sentences. Each vocabulary word in these sentences earns a point.

4. A "secret" bonus word will yield everyone would happens to use that word an extra point.

5. Sentences must be posted in the comments by late Thursday afternoon (EST), as judging will take place Thursday evening.

--Still not clear? Just ask.

This week's words:

*elicit

*purport

*dross

*salient

*calumny

*harbinger

*acquisitive

*lassitude

*retinue

*suzerain

*uxorious

*refractory

*discursive

*knell

*evanescent

*amorphous

*suctorial

*infelicitous

*derogatory

*nexus

*stenographer

*infinitesimal

*locus

Good luck everyone!

6 comments:

raidergirl3 said...

"T-t-t-tom! The blue-eyed wolf is a harbinger of evil," stammered Laura, as they halted on the path in the dark woods.

"And why do you feel the need to check under your pillow and bed?" probed the psychiatrist, trying to elicit the real reason for Jamie's fear of snakes.

Due to his lassitude, Rich stopped doing the dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, even mowing the lawn.

I stopped playing baseball due to the infinitesimal chance of my ever catching a baseball.

I insist on having a suctorial device to put in my root beer float as I lay by the pool.

Derogatory comments about your brother will immediately result in your being confined in your room.

As the prom queen and her retinue lined up on the staircase for a picture, they didn't notice the swarm of bees entering the window.

With an evanescent poof, the unicorn disppeared just as Carrie was about to touch it.

Medbie said...

My sentences took a life of their own and became linked together. I blame it on the great word selections. LOL

Lord Rithven had a derogatory comment for all, some bordering on calumny, and his infelicitous remark to a dragon once caused him to loose an entire village.

His behavior elicited hatred from his retinue, who all despised him, resenting the fact he was their suzerain by birth, not choice.

As Lord Rithven's behavior worsened, going from ridiculous to callous to saliently cruel, young Henry de Zander became the leader of a secret group, bent on the infinitesimal chance of ridding themselves of Rithven.

While in his study one evening, Lord Rithven died quietly from an amorphous, and hopefully untraceable, poisonous gas.

As Lord Rithven's knell tolled atop the Cathedral, de Zander smiled a secret, pleased smile.

Jean said...

knell; harbinger: The knell of the church bells struck Lucas as a harbinger of the civil war that now was inevitable.

nexus: It is more often the mother who is the nexus of a family than the father.

lassitude: Having finished his kill, the wolf settled comfortably into a state of post-prandial lassitude.

retinue: The ambassador strode boldly into the king's chamber, waving for his retinue to remain in the hallway.

suzerain: Anna gasped, realizing that she would be the first female suzerain in Agmem's history.

uxorious: Personally, I would not want my husband to be overly uxorious.

suctorial; amorphous: What around here could be suctorial, wondered the boy as he surveyed the amorphous cloud forming in the chamber.

evanescent: The cat's dream became evanescent as the robin took flight, the worm with which it had been struggling now held firmly in its beak.

Rich said...

For what it's worth, here's a few:

purport - Dr. Evil used to purport to be a nice person, but later in his life, he stopped trying.

dross - When she dropped her candy wrapper on the ground in the woods, I told her to pick up her dross immediately.

salient - Annie's Dad often makes many salient points during his lectures to her and her brothers.

suctorial - I made the mistake of teaching my students the meaning of the word suctorial, not realizing that they would use it to describe me.

Infinitesimal - My brain feels infinitesimal sometimes.

lassitude - The soccer team showed nothing but lassitude during the game and was defeated soundly.

acquisitive -Max is so acquisitive that he even collects the caps from gallon milk jugs.

discursive - After I quit college, me Dad launched into a discursive lecture that finally ended hours later on the subject of growing healthy tomatoes.

uxorious - My wife is glad that I am not as uxorious as some husbands.

Awesome McAwesome said...

The newly arrived cat’s meow was a harbinger of the mouse’s impending doom, a death knell echoing throughout the house.

Britain was a suzerain in ancient times, the locus of power over a nexus of many colonies.

The court stenographer carefully recorded the testimony of how the uxorious husband killed at his wife’s beck and call.

The amorphous ghost easily slipped into the house through the infinitesimal gap around the windowpane.

Although I’m pretty sure leeches haven’t a clue what the word suctorial means, they still manage to be a perfect example of something it describes.

Anonymous said...

The man with the smelly farts was locally known as “the harbinger of doom”. And every time a fart came trumpeting out of his bum people considered it their death knell!

When the Man With the Smelly Farts is quite insulted every time he hears this and doesn’t appreciate derogatory comments about him or his bum. He feels there are an infinitesimal amount of positive qualities which people could focus on instead and says “and since you choose to focus on the negative, then please do not seek to elicit my aid when next you come upon a vicious pigeon, or a mouse with bad breath. Us animal experts are very evanescent and soon we will be no more…”

(here's my other sentence)

What’s there to say about stenographers…? They’re boring! Hold on, Mina Harker was a stenographer, wasn’t she?! Oh, stenographers are cool!