My Super Dictionary came yesterday!!! Flipped through it; even more awesome than I imagined. Apparently, it was written to teach kids 3,000 some odd words a study had discovered were most important for reading comprehension, which is pretty neat; I like that holders of superhero copyrights would be down with that idea. It does have me and Howard talking like this though:
I am going to go upstairs and get changed. I am going to go upstairs and put on different clothes. I am going to feed the cat. I am going to feed the small animal who sleeps on our pillows when we’re out for the day.
It also got me thinking about the words I use frequently, and how they are probably completely unnecessary for reading comprehension and probably not even close to the definitions that have a slim chance of appearing on standardized tests. I thought about trying to make sentences with them, but then realized I had to define them within the context of my own life first or they would sound insane. With no further ado, here is the first draft of my own personal vocabulary list:
Awesome: just say this 100% of the time. It means all kinds of good, literally; usually in a way that is pleasing to the senses.
Bummer: pretty terrible, or maybe just really boring or inconvenient.
Charming: said sarcastically to indicate something is disgusting.
Crummy (alternatively pronounced “crum-by”): a little miserable, generally describing the weather or a DAY.
Heinous: really, really terrible. Multiple repetitions = exponential increase in meaning. Interestingly enough, prefixing “non” reverses the meaning; when this prefix is repeated multiple times, these repetitions cancel each other out logically but still serve to amplify the root word’s original meaning. For example: “non-heinous” = really, really awesome. “non-non-heinous” = really, really, really terrible. “non-non-non-heinous” = really, really, really, really awesome. You get it.
Hella: fuck you, imma say it!
Incredible: really awesome.
Or whatever: appended to every sentence in My So-Called Life that contains genuine sentiment. Very convenient for making fun of yourself, making fun of the 90’s, or semi-retracting something you think you may later regret.
Rad: see “Hella.” While “Hella” generally earns me shit for being from California (and why would I not wear that like a badge?), “Rad” generally earns me shit for being a “surfer.” What? Everything about surfer culture is cool! That is like the DEFINITION of surfer culture!
Space shot: space case.
Stellar: really, really awesome.
Super: ADVERB ONLY. Serves to exponentially increase the power of adjectives. Not to be used alliteratively.
Twist: someone who drives terribly, or too slowly.
Yuck: self-explanatory, just resurrected from preschool.
Maybe sentences later, if I can find some cool pics.