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Antithesis n.

My Definition: Break it down. Anti. Thesis. The opposite of the thesis (the thesis being whatever you’re comparing it to). Also, to simplify, the opposite of the thing in question.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s, 3. The Original Webster’s

Antonym n.

My Definition: A word that is the opposite of another, set in contrast, or directly opposed; e.g. black to white, hot to cold, up to down, and delightfully, antonym is the antonym of synonym and vice versa.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s

Arting v.

My Definition: The act of making art.

Communication n.

My Definition: The expression of information from one thing to another; the two-step process of conveying or transmitting information by at least one person/thing sending the information and one or more others receiving it (note: the information need not be sent deliberately or received correctly for communication to have occurred).

Other Sources: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s, 3. The Original Webster’s

Contronym n.

My Definition: A word that’s quite confused as to its own meaning, and regularly means the opposite of what it also means. It would fit in well in Wonderland.

1. Dictionary.com: “any word that can be its own antonym, e.g. cleave, overlook; also called antilogy, autoantonym, contronym, enantiodrome, [ Janus word ]”

Doppelganger n.

My Definition: The clone, double, step-to-the-left duplicate of a person or character, often existing as a evil, hindering, or mischievous presence in the original’s life. Some seek to replace the original. Others are simply unnerving look-alikes, and can be used to comedic effect, most notably in sitcoms.

Other Definitions: 1. Wikipedia’s, 2. Paranormal Encyclopedia’s, 3. Tv Trope’s 

Erasure n.

My Definition: The remove of something, subtly or deliberately, whether in words or deeds, often with the attempt to construct the appearance that it had never been there at all. Alternatively, the marks and traces left behind by the erasing.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s2. The Original Webster’s

Instant Gratification Monkey (IGM) n.

My Definition: This is the Facebook-YouTube-Twitter-Netflix-Text-Phone-Dogwalking-Paperclipflicking-Anythingbutworking child-brain that makes grabby hands and shiny desu eyes at anything that isn’t your current work. The IGM thinks solely in the now, never glancing back or further the road, and thus, shouldn’t steer your course. Unfortunately, he’s a monkey, so he’s great at grabbing the wheel.

Other Sources: 1. Original Concept/Blog by Tim Urban, 2. My blog on procrastination

Irony n.

My Definition: Yes. Yes, I am tackling this sorely misused word. Irony, contrary to popular, misplaced belief, means that things happened in a way opposite or contrary to what was expected or intended. One of the best examples of irony is the way people misuse it, believing it to represent a coincidence. Another is when someone on the Internet corrects a person’s grammar or spelling, misspelling a word in the process (my favorite is when they say “Learn your grammer.”). If you’re already late for work and hit all red lights, you could call that painfully ironic, however, that’s a bit of a grey area. When you learn how to knit and a friend, who doesn’t know yet, mentions that they need a handmade scarf for their Doctor Who, fourth Doctor costume, that is not ironic. That is apropos. This a pocket pet peeve of mine, largely because I used to flagrantly misuse it as well and was appalled when I learned the true definition. So I try to spread awareness where I can before modern usage transforms ‘irony’ into yet another contronym. That said, there are many different types of more specific forms of irony; the below links provide insight into several.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s, 3. TV Trope’s, 4. The Original Webster’s, which provides the older 1828 and 1913 definitions of the word showing how it evolved into its current accurate and inaccurate usages (this link is dead but I’m hoping they fix the site).

Magical Realism n.

My Definition: See Step-to-the-Left below.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’sa style of painting and literature in which fantastic or imaginary and often unsettling images or events are depicted in a sharply detailed, realistic manner.2. Princeton‘s,  3. TV Trope’s

Memoir n. n.

My Definition: A sub-genre of autobiography, set apart as a recording of the self, be it figurative, literal, supposed, researched, from memory or from chronicles captured in the moment.

Other Definitions: . 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s, 3. The New Yorker (via an contemplative article)

Metaphysical Mystery n.

1. ” a mystery in which what begins as a traditional mystery peels away the metaphysical certainties of the world to the point where the nature of reality becomes the central question, replacing the identity of the culprit (or whatever mystery the book begins with).”

My Definition:  the mystery begins tangibly, as traditional mysteries and detective fiction are wont to, and then morphs gradually, wrapping the reader in a cocoon of uncertainty that seals them away from the world they know, feeding them questions and doubt, just like the protagonist, thus deepening the connection between the reader and the one they watch.

Neologism n.

My Definition: Predominately words or phrases which are needed, but did not previously exist, or which should have existed already as variant forms of preexisting words.

Other Definitions:  1. Dictionary.com’s2. Wikipedia’s3. The Original Webster’s 

Orwellian adj.

My Definition: Any actions of extreme censorship, gaslighting, misdirection, excessive surveillance, or oppression committed by ruling bodies that resembles the totalitarian, self-destructive, and intellectually abusive dystopia described in George Orwell’s 1984. Put more simplistically, any time a government lies, tells you it’s the truth, or successfully convinces you to stop questioning them or demanding accountability and transparency as their control over the populace increases to the detriment of that populace, it’s Orwellian. Okay, that wasn’t really that much simpler. Read the book. It’s as good for your mind as it is soul-crushing.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s

Rational Decision-Maker n.

My Definition: This is the voice in your head who knows what you have to do, when you have to do it, and how to do it. This is also the voice that nags you when you aren’t doing it, and swears at you when you continue to not do it. The RDM thinks of life in the long term and knows to the best of her ability what will make you happy not just now, but continuously.

Other Sources: 1. Original Concept/Blog by Tim Urban, 2. My blog on procrastination

Sagacity n.

My Definition: Keen knowingness.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. The Original Webster’s

Sensical adj.

My Definition:  As I find that sensical not being a thing is rather nonsensical, I, along with other lovers of neologisms (see above for definition), have rectified English’s faux pas. A sensical thing is one which makes sense. For example, the word sensical is very sensical indeed.

Other Definitions: 1. Wiktionary’s,  2. Urban Dictionary’s

Shiny Desu adj.

My Definition: Excessive flourishes or accouterments added to overemphasize; hyperbolic adorableness; the offshoot anime art styling that utilizes shiny on everything as though the world were nothing but light sources.

Other Definitions: 1. Urban Dictionary’s ,

Step-to-the-Left adj./adv.

My Definition: When something is a “step-to-the-left” it is just slightly off. Typically everything about the thing or action appears normal save for one glaring difference, or small fringe differences. For example, the trend in short stories at present is often to write a seemingly normal scenario with one element that makes it unique to the point of being fantastical. Everyone in the story is Joe Blow, average and boring, but at night the protagonist’s dreams subtly alter the lives of those in them. A parent loses a child and begins to lose mass and self-equivalent to the child’s size. These enchanting concepts (the latter of which appears in the Neil Gaiman edited collection Stories), in general, seem to stress the believability and details of the rest of the story, maintaining a firm consistency that allows the audience to successfully suspend disbelief when the work takes a step-to-the-left. I’m not sure when I started using this term, or if I invented it or simply heard it from someone else, but it’s definitely one of my readily spent pocket words (hyphenated words function ostensibly as a single modifier, hush), so I opted to delineate it here.

See: Magical Realism

Surrealism n.

My Definition: Mine: An art style best represented in art by the indomitable work of Salvador Dali, whose mastery of realism in backgrounds, landscapes, buildings, and living form, allowed him to believably warp his work in such a way as to make extraordinary works, things that went beyond natural life, transforming into the surreal, i.e. more than real. In writing, it most often appeared as a stream-of-consciousness spooling of words, which revealed the subconscious depths of the creator, as with Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. However, surrealism can also refer to ‘step-to-the-left’ writing, which shifts ‘normal’ reality toward the unknown and abnormal.      

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s2. Met Museum’s, 3. Artcyclopedia’s

Synonym n.

My Definition: A word, often one of several, that has a similar or identical meaning to another word. Typically, the specificity of the words (synonyms) in question represents their differences and makes one (or more) more suitable to a particular usage than another. For example, while ‘wood’ and ‘lumber’ are synonyms, saying ‘a wooden table’ versus ‘a table crafted from lumber’ will create two different images. Likewise, saying ‘blue’ rather than ‘cerulean’ leaves more to the imagination, but can also give the wrong impression. Thus, in the unending search for the right words, the Thesaurus, ripe with synonyms, can be a writer’s salvation.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s, 2. Wikipedia’s, 3. The Original Webster’s

Thing n.

My Definition: Highly specific technical term, incomprehensible to the casual reader.

Veracity n.

My Definition: Truthiness, typically of a thing.

Other Definitions: 1. Dictionary.com’s , 2. The Original Webster’s

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