Gist (Week 11/2~8)


The ground of a legal action

The main point or part

Source: Merriam-Webster

I encountered this vocabulary from one of our reading, “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?” by . This word can be found at the last paragraph where the author of the article explains, how people should experiment on taking a different route. The word, gist shows the reader how the main point of this article is taking another route can change a person’s view on their walk.



an opinion or theory so formed or expressed; guess; speculation

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I encountered this word while reading, The Happiest and Saddest Places in New York City, According to Twitter The city’s emotional divide has remained mostly one of conjecture”.

Now i understand that this sentence means people are divide by opinions and theory even though the information is incomplete or not true.

[Glossary Entry 5]

Consensus & Nebulous



 A general agreement about something

An idea or opinion that is shared by all the people in a group

Source: Merriam-Webster



Not clear

Difficult to see, understand, describe, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster

I encountered both words from the reading expert, “What If You Could Choose Between the Fastest Route and the Most Beautiful?” by Lex Berko. This article was about how, people usually take the fastest route to their destination. However, what if there is a beautiful route that you can take but takes a little longer? The word consensus, agrees on a general or broad idea. Meaning, you just agree with someone like for example, “Yeah, I know there is more beautiful places in the city, but I rather get to my destination faster”. Which is agreeing to a broad idea, “Yeah, sure there is beautiful part of the city and I will eventually get to that”. Another word, nebulous means difficult to see. In my definition, I think that means “I do not understand the meaning, why would I want to choose the most beautiful” Cannot see the picture or to comprehend the meaning of seeing something beautiful, where they only thinks about moving forward. Taking the fastest route.



A system or organization in which people or groups are ranked one above the other according to status or authority

(Source – Google Definition)

I encountered this word while reading the guideline from Graphic Design project #3. “Use Visual Hierarchy and Movement to clearly direct the viewer’s eye to the focal point.” Now I understand Hierarchy mean something that is judged by its importance. So now I understand that I have to clearly state an important focus point so that the viewer can see it easily.

[Glossary Entry 4]



Complaining in an annoyed way

Source: Merriam-Webster

I encountered this word from our reading experts, “Brooklyn was Mine” by Jennifer Egan. This word was mention when Regan explained about Lucy’s personality towards her husband. Most of her personality toward her husband is about love. It is obvious that it is going to be about love, because he went to help out the war and they are separated since than. However, in this particular section, Regan mentioned how Lucy was showing her affection of love differently, in more of an annoying way.

Mitigate (Week 10/11~17)

To make (something) less severe, harmful, or painful

Source: Merriam-Webster

I encountered this word from our reading experts, “Brooklyn was Mine” by Jennifer Egan. This word was used when Lucy mentioned in her letter where she often get a sore feet from her job. She solved her problem where she used rubber-sole shoes to lessen the pain from her feet. This word, “Mitigate” sounds like it is used in medical terms. Because of the “Miti” close to the word, “Mini” indicating making the pain “smaller” and the rest of the word, “-gate” converts to converting into something. Which in this case it converts pain less.

Commit (Week 10/4~9)


To do (something that is illegal or harmful)

To decide to use (a person, money, etc.) for some particular purpose or use

To say that (someone or something) will definitely do something : to make (someone or something) obligated to do something

Source: Merriam-Webster

I knew this word already but I am posting it here, because I recently started using this word again. I cannot say “at what moment” I used this word, because it is personal. However, I used this word to describe something that I recently committed on. This word is a strong word that determines what you are doing, which I need for my life. I should keep using this word, because I makes me motivated and can understand the feeling of what I accomplished.



 A word or phrase that shows love or affection

Source: Merriam-Webster

*Little bit of spoiler if you haven’t read the reading yet!

I encountered this word from the reading expert, “Brooklyn was Mine” by Chris Knutsen and Valerie Steiker. I found this word from the third page of the reading, it intrigued me, because of the sound and the word “dear” caught my eyes. Since there was dear in the word, i thought it was some kind of word that “cares one another”. After using our reliable source Merriam-Webster, my thoughts and the definition matched. It definitely connects to the reading, because the main character who was talking about Lucy, explained in details how Lucy and her husband communicated each other after her husband left to join the navy. Her affection toward him was stronger than any other married wife, where she wrote to him every day.



sameness of pitch or tone in a sound or utterance.

Source – Google Definitions

I encountered this word from Graphic Design Principles 1 when professor Spevack was teaching the lesson for today. I now understand that Monotony means something repeating. We are starting a new project and we are using a song to draw from, I now understand that this song will have a repeating beat that is the same.

The example of Monotony from class:

[Glossary Entry 3]



  1. lack of variety and interest; tedious repetition and routine:

    “you can become resigned to the monotony of captivity”

    synonyms: tedium · tediousness· lack of variety · dullness · boredom
    We got this word today in COMD 1100. I didn’t understand what this word meant let alone how to pronounce it. Now that I know what the exact meaning of the word is I understand how it goes with the lesson we were learning today.