Lex of Tex

Some time back, I read an article about Tommy Lee Jones. Aside from having the good taste to live in San Antonio, it was reported that Jones was in the habit of dropping whatever book he was reading and looking up any unknown words right then and there. He was that kind of take-charge man. I may not be as resolutive as all that... I usually jot down the words in question on a scrap of paper. The scrap goes into orbit somewhere on my desk and gets dealt with sooner or later. I'm like Tommy Lee in "The Fugitive"... it may take some time, but I get what I'm after. Here's a token offering.

Word Definition
agitprop

branch of central Communist committee, resp. for agitation and propaganda; such people or their activities

alacrity

briskness, cheerful readiness, promptitude (Sp. presteza, Ca. alacritat

badinage

light raillery or humorous banter (Sp. chanza, Ca. xanxa)

bumptious

a. offensively self-conceited or self-assertive

calenture (the)

delirium of sailors in tropics, in which the patient believes the sea to be a green field, and desires to leap into it

canard

(Fr. duck) wild story with public circulation (Sp. bulo, Ca. badomeries)

déclassé

having come down in the world, reduced or degraded from one’s social class

dreadnought

1. dreading nothing 2. thick sea coat, 3. fearless person

eidetic

1. an image that revives memory with hallucinatory clearness 2. such a person

frisson

(Fr. shiver, thrill) an emotional thrill