adjective :rejecting or lacking the capacity for social interaction

from “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”

“Of course, crazy is not the official definition of my mental problem, but I donā€™t think asocial disorder fits it, either, because that makes me sound like Iā€™m a serial killer or something.”


noun :Ā an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing

from- What You Pawn I Will Redeem

“I didnā€™t know for sure, because I hadnā€™t seen that regalia in person ever. Iā€™d only seen photographs of my grandmother dancing in it. And those were taken before somebody stole it from her, fifty years ago. But it sure looked like my memory of it, and it had all the same color feathers and beads that my family sewed into our powwow regalia.”


noun :a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of navigable waters so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers

From: What You Pawn I Will Redeem

“Back on the wharf, I stood near the Bainbridge Island Terminal and tried to sell papers to business commuters boarding the ferry.”


Dote: verb: to be lavish or excessive in one’s attention, fondness, or affection.

Who had not even escaped slaveryā€”had, in fact, been bought out of it by a doting son . . . ” (137).

I understand now that a son who is extremely loved would buy their parents out of slavery.


Erroneous: Adjective:Ā containing or characterized error.

From Women and Economics Chapter XIV “Our assumption that only married people and their immediate relatives have any right to live in comfort and health is erroneous.”

I now understand what she meant in saying this which is basically our assumptions about peoples right to live in comfort and good health was wrong.


PritheeĀ (Interjection):Ā used to express a wish or request

From “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
“Ha! ha! ha!” shouted he, again and again; then composing himself, “Well, go on, Goodman Brown, go on; but prithee, don’t kill me with laughing!” Ā (Paragraph 24)

I now understand that he was being “requested” not to continue making comments that were humorous, by the response of “Don’t kill me with laughing!”.


Fatuity: Noun:Ā something foolish or stupid :Ā a foolish or stupid quality

From the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte PerkinsĀ Gilman. “Looked at one way each breadth stands alone,Ā theĀ bloated curves andĀ flourishesĀ — a kind of Ā “Debased Romanesque” andĀ deliriumĀ tremens — go waddling up and down in isolatedĀ columnsĀ of fatuity.”

I now understand that she was saying that the lines in the wallpaper were moving up and down andĀ basicallyĀ all over the wall in a stupid or foolish way. Sort of like they had a violentĀ deliriumĀ and shook allover with tremors thereby it looked like it was all over the place.


Homesteaded: verb:Ā to acquire or occupy as a homestead (Homestead: Noun: Ā  Ā the home and adjoining land occupied by a family)

From the short story ” A Jury Of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell. ” When we Homesteaded in Dakota, and my first baby died — after he was two years old – and me with no other then –”

I now understand that she meant that when she lived in Dakota for a certain time.


Tumultuously: adv:Ā loud, excited, and emotional;Ā marked by violent or overwhelmingĀ turbulenceĀ or upheaval.

From “The Story of an Hour”: “Now her bosom rose and fell tumultuously. She was beginning to recognize this thing that was approaching to possess her, and she was striving to beat it back with her will–as powerless as her two white slender hands would have been.” (paragraph 10)

Now I understand that her chest is moving quickly and turbulently because she is so upset or emotionally damaged.

Glossary Assignment

Glossary Assignment: Assigned 1/28; Due: weekly throughout the semester

Throughout the semester, we will place a great deal of importance on defining words, both terminology that will help us describe, analyze, and discuss our readings and vocabulary that will help us better understand the material we encounter. Each week, you will choose a word andĀ write a blog postĀ (needĀ help?)Ā in which you do the following:

  • include the word as the title of the post
  • provide the word’s part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc)
  • define it–make sure you’re using the most appropriate definition, which might not be the first one
  • cite the source of your definition–I recommendĀ Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, although you might need to consult a different kind of dictionary
  • identify where you encountered the word (specify the specific page of a particular reading, date of the class discussion, title of the handout, etc)
  • explain what you understand about the passage now that you understand the word
  • if you are defining a term, provide an example based on our readings.
  • (optional) include links and images that help your classmates understand the word or the context
  • choose the category Glossary in the right sidebar when you write a new post
  • add tags to your post that reflect the topic you wrote about
  • add the word to the alphabetized list in theĀ Glossary IndexĀ document
These posts will contribute to a shared glossary for our course, available from the blog menu. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or to ask me in class.