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I haven’t read IJ since…last Tuesday, but I MUST do a vocab recap before I go any further.

Uberad: Like a “super” ad. (

The Sherman Act: The Sherman Antitrust Act (Sherman Act, July 2, 1890, ch. 647, , ) was the first United States Federal statute to limit cartels and monopolies. (wikipedia)

declivity: descent- a downward slope or bend (Princeton Word Net)

mafficking: Noisy rejoicings of a multitude (wiki. and AWESOME)

cuirass: medieval body armor that covers the chest and back (PWN)

vig: A commission taken for certain bets by the house. (

Kafka-esque rules: (interesting enough that I’ll copy the whole thing. Wiki)

Kafkaesque” is an eponym used to describe concepts, situations, and ideas which are reminiscent of the literary work of Prague writer Franz Kafka, particularly his novels The Trial and The Castle, and the novella The Metamorphosis.

The term, which is quite fluid in definition, has also been described as “marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity: Kafkaesque bureaucracies[1] and “marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport … haunt his innocence” — The New Yorker.[2]

It can also describe an intentional distortion of reality by powerful but anonymous bureaucrats. “Lack of evidence is treated as a pesky inconvenience, to be circumvented by such Kafkaesque means as depositing unproven allegations into sealed files …” Another definition would be an existentialist state of ever-elusive freedom while existing under unmitigatable control.

The adjective refers to anything suggestive of Kafka, especially his nightmarish type of narration, in which characters lack a clear course of action, the ability to see beyond immediate events, and the possibility of escape. The term’s meaning has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical.

cordite: A smokeless propellent made by combining two high explosives: nitrocellulose and nitroglycerine used in some firearm ammunition (wiki)

yutz: Yutz is a commune in the Moselle department in Lorraine in northeastern France. (wiki)

OR from the Yiddish, it means ditz, clutz, dumkoft, ninny, nincompoop, socially incompetant boob, twit, dumbass. (

orts: the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal. (wiki)

acromegalic: marked or affected by enlargement or hypertrophy of the extremities or the face; “a protruding acromegalic jaw” (PWN)

tract house: Tract housing (also known as cookie-cutter housing) is a style of housing development in which multiple identical or nearly-identical homes are built to create a community. (wiki)

genuflecting: genuflect – bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image (PWN)


  • a person who returns after a lengthy absence
  • of or relating to or typical of a revenant; “revenant shrieks and groans”
  • someone who has returned from the dead
  • recurring: coming back; “a revenant ghost” (PWN; how many times have I had to look this up?)
  • Hal, according to Schtitt.

picric: Designating a type of bitter yellow acid (wiki; and you thought it was “picnic” misspelled.)

Here is a painting by Gaugin called “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” (wiki commons)

morendo: musical term- fading away in tone or tempo (wiki)

misprision: neglect or wrongful execution of official duties; misinterpretation or misunderstanding (wiki)

spic: Spic is an ethnic slur used in English speaking countries for a person of Hispanic descent. (wiki; I love that I have to look up ethnic slurs. Egad.)

Finished for now.
Gonna dive in even though I can’t even dive in real water.

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