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Glossary Write-Up

  1. Bier
  2. Firmament
  3. Fatuity
  4. Florid
  5. Idyllic
  6. Cinder
  7. Dray
  8. Muslin
  9. Aleut
  10. Capricious
  11. Sassafras
  12. Monotonously
  13. Pleating
  14. Austere
  15. Arbor


I really liked the idea or looking up words as they are needed. This is a great way of learning new vocabulary. You get an example of how the word used, and rewriting them helps commit them to memory.  I’ve been doing this with my own reading, and learned many new words this way. I find myself using these words in everyday conversations. I also try and spend some time trying figure out what the word means from context.



Anthology of Words

Entries #1-15

1) Aquiver

2) Ungainly

3) Coquettish

4) Remitted

5) Dispensation

6) Tarry

7) Melancholy

8) Floundering

9) Domesticity

10) Demurred

11) Congenial

12) Timorous

13) Privy

14) Malevolent

15) Bereft



As I was doing the glossary entries throughout the semester, I learned new words that I was never exposed to.  The glossary assignment helped me to put new words in my vocabulary and I learned that a word could have many meanings to it. For example, the words privy and tarry had different meanings to it. Privy meant to be private or withdrawn but it also meant a toilet or outhouse where someone would urinate and defecate (Merriam-Webster). Tarry meant to abide or stay at a place but it also meant not to be tardy or in a delay to do something (Merriam-Webster). Furthermore, there were words in the assigned readings that were not of my knowledge, so, looking up their definitions was a great tool for me to understand the readings. Usually, I would read a text and if I stumbled upon a word that was confusing to me, I would bypass it and continue reading until I was done reading the text. However, the glossary assignment made me look up the word that I was confused about before I proceeded to finish reading the text. Lastly, the words in my glossary entries made me start using them in papers that I was writing for in this class and for my other classes as well.


Bereft (adjective): 1 a: deprived or robbed of the possession or use of something b: lacking something needed, wanted, or expected; 2: suffering the death of a loved one (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 78, paragraph 2 of Beloved–>“This girl Beloved, homeless and without people, beat all, though he couldn’t say exactly why, considering the colored people he had run into during the last twenty years. During, before and after the War he had seen Negros so stunned, or hungry, or tired or bereft it was a wonder they recalled or said anything.”

I believe this word in the quote means when Paul D observed Beloved’s nice dress and shoes, he was suspicious of her being homeless because the slaves Paul D encountered were either hungry, robbed, or deprived of something. This meant that Beloved did not look hopeless and she did not look like she was lacking anything according to Paul D’s assumptions.


Malevolent (adjective): having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 77, paragraph 15 of Beloved–> “I take the shoes! I take the dress! The shoe strings don’t fix!” she shouted and gave him a look so malevolent Denver touched her arm.”

I believe this word in the quote means that Beloved was getting so upset with Paul D that she gave him a look of wanting to harm him because he kept questioning why she had new shoes if she had walked a long way to 124.


Privy (noun): 1 a: a small building having a bench with holes through which the user may defecate or urinate; b: toilet; (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 61, paragraph 2 of Beloved–>“She hoped Paul D wouldn’t take it upon himself to come looking for her and be obliged to see her squatting in front of her own privy making a mudhole too deep to be witnessed without shame.”

I believe this word in the quote means that Sethe did not want Paul D to witness her urinating heavily in the outhouse.


Timorous (adjective): easily frightened (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page II, paragraph 4 of The Metamorphosis–>“Once during that long evening, the door on one side of the room was opened very slightly and hurriedly closed again; later on the door on the other side did the same; it seemed that someone needed to enter the room but thought better of it. Gregor went and waited immediately by the door, resolved either to bring the timorous visitor into the room in some way or at least to find out who it was; but the door was opened no more that night and Gregor waited in vain.”

I believe this word in the quote means that Gregor wanted to see the person that kept opening the door slightly and hurriedly. Although he waited all night to come face to face with the person, his wait was to no avail because that unknown person was too frightened to go inside Gregor’s room to witness his horrid condition.


Congenial (adjective): 1: suitable or appropriate: pleasant and enjoyable: very friendly

2 a: existing or associated together harmoniously

b: pleasant; especially:  agreeably suited to one’s nature, tastes, or outlook (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 57, paragraph 14 of “The Yellow Wallpaper“–>“Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good.”

I believe this word in the quote means that the narrator believed if she found work that suited with her personality and what she liked, then it would do her good. Since the narrator was forbidden from taking care of her child, doing her motherly duties, or taking care of household chores because of her mental illness, the narrator strongly felt that if she worked it would improve her mental wellness.


Demurred (intransitive verb): 1 archaic: delay, hesitate

2: to file a demurrer

3: to take exception: object—often used with to or at (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 53, paragraph 2 of “The Cottagette”–>One day he came around early and asked me to go up Hugh’s Peak with him. It was a lovely climb and took all day. I demurred a little, it was Monday, Mrs. Fowler thought it was cheaper to have a woman come and wash, and we did, but it certainly made more work.

I believe this word in the quote means that Malda hesitated to go out with Mr. Matthews because she was mostly concerned about the home being washed by another woman. Previously, it states that Malda preferred to wash the dishes by herself, so bringing someone else to the house made her apprehensive because she did not know how this woman was going to clean her home.


Domesticity (noun): life inside a home: the activities of a family or of the people who share a home (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page 50, paragraph 11 of “The Cottagette”–>”Don’t be foolish, child,” said Lois, “this is serious. What they care for most after all is domesticity. Of course they’ll fall in love with anything; but what they want to marry is a homemaker.”

I believe this word in the quote means that Lois was telling Malda that in order for Ford Matthews to love her or marry her, she would always have to be a woman that was fervently involved in the duties of a homemaker such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, and doing anything that involved the needs of the family.


Floundering (verb): to move in an awkward way with a lot of difficulty and effort: to be unsure about what to do or say: to have a lot of problems and difficulties (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page I, paragraph 3 of The Metamorphosis–> “However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was. He must have tried it a hundred times, shut his eyes so that he wouldn’t have to look at the floundering legs, and only stopped when he began to feel a mild, dull pain there that he had never felt before.”

I believe this word in the quote means that after Gregor Samsa realize he has been transformed into an insect, he moves in a difficult way in order to get himself out of bed. Since his arms was nonfunctional anymore, he had to figure out how to use his new body, which consisted of many legs, antennas and an exceptional board body.

Here is my visual interpretation of Gregor trying to roll off his back when he was in his bed.

Dead bug
Used from MentalFloss