Friday, March 12, 2010

Genesis of a Short Story

So that short story I wrote way back when, it's based on this article about DFW that I thought might be fun to try to write a story based on the vocabulary words in the article to kill some time during lunch.

Excerpt from the article is here:

Some other words circled by Wallace in his dictionary and their definitions (a longer list is available here):

abulia

-noun Psychiatry.

a symptom of mental disorder involving impairment or loss of volition.

cete

–noun

a number of badgers together.

gravid

pregnant.

hypocorism

–noun

1. a pet name.
2. the practice of using a pet name.
3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, esp. by an adult.

legatee

–noun

a person to whom a legacy is bequeathed.

peccant
–adjective
1.sinning; guilty of a moral offense.
2. violating a rule, principle, or established practice; faulty; wrong.

uxorious
–adjective
doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one’s wife.

valgus
–noun
1. an abnormally turned position of a part of the bone structure of a human being, esp. of the leg.
–adjective
2. of or in such a position; bowlegged, knock-kneed, or the like.

No words were circled in the x, y, or z sections of the dictionary.

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