I loved President Obama’s ‘Dreams From My Father’. I learned so much from it, not only about the great man, but about myself. I also learned A LOT (more than 150) of new words and terms from reading the book. Everyone knows that I love words (and learning new ones) so I decided that while reading the book, I would highlight words that I didn’t know/wanted to know more about. Some words, I already know, but I had to refresh my memory on them in order to apply them to the context of which President Obama was using them, and others (most) were new to me. Some of the terms that I wondered about pertain to President Obama’s trip to Kenya and the Luo language.
It’s a LONG list, but here are the words:
Fissures, Plumb, Subversive, Canings, Insolence, Arcane, Ceylon (place), Dogmatic, Slough, Emaciated, Stilted, Eminent =), Panache, Pastorialists, Sidled, Dereliction, Glowering, Ingratiating, Candor, Veracity, Antebellum, Octoroom, Miscegenation, Perverse, Peripatetic, Sinewy, Provincialism, Eccentricities, Obviate, Unassailable, Pallor, Imperturbable, Idiosyncrasies, Solicitude, Demagogue, Pervaded, Conscripted, Disdain, Chasm, Chastened, Relent, Dejection, Volatile, Nilote (people), Pilfered, Dewlapped, Aphorisms, Sagacious, Vigilant, Desecrated, Farce, Homilies, Expedient(ce), Temperament, Vocation, Tepid, Guilleless, Bulwark, Hindsight, Intermittently, Earnest, Marxist, Conical, Corrugated, Morose, Impertinence, Self-Deprecatory, Gesticulating, Errant, Shrapnel, Undaunted, Roan, Roiling, Spigot, Reverie, Flint, Innoculate, Wazunga (Luo term), Bleating, Irrigation, Exhumed, Masai (people), Circumvent, Trodden, Purported, Monolithic, Perpetual, Antecedants, Fervor, Cynical, Ascetic, Catechisms, Ephemeral, Diffident, Heretic, Saplings, Laity, Escarpment, Tedium, Patronage, Peevish, Palpable, Imperious, Lexicon, Tenuous, Pathology, Inculate, Pestilence, Tutelage, Stolid, Munificence, Ballast, Insularity, Legerdemain, Filch, Phalanx, Gallows, Trite, Derision, Usurped, Erudite, Sonorous, Inchoate, Prosaic, Apartheid, Nascent, Caprice, Despotism, Disgorged, Succession, Warily, Stucco, Cavernous, Apparatus, Parochialism, Brusquely, Guile, Cloven, Direst, Magnanimity, Vehemently, Vitriol, Fulminate, Turpitued, Metastasize, Malfeasance, Invective, Bristled, Acrimony, Litany, Detente, Perfidy, Sedate, Awry, Sowing, Zealots, Cabal, Ambiguities.