@Sketch_Cabulary

 I started drawing vocabulary words as a way to help internalize them. It worked so well that I haven't been able to stop, and thus Sketch_Cabulary was born!

 
 
 To gesticulate is to talk with your hands, to  gesture . An animated person can’t help but gesticulate. Their body adds color to every word that escapes their mouth. They don't just talk, they perform.  While “gesticulation” may sound like a horrifying medical procedure, it’s a useful, communicative skill that comes naturally to Italians, good storytellers, and hangry toddlers.   In a Sentence   In the great open-air theater that is Rome, the characters talk with their hands as much as their mouths. On their cellphones or smoking cigarettes or even while downshifting their tiny cars through rush-hour traffic, they gesticulate with enviably elegant coordination.  - Gianni Cipriani, The New York Times

To gesticulate is to talk with your hands, to gesture. An animated person can’t help but gesticulate. Their body adds color to every word that escapes their mouth. They don't just talk, they perform.  While “gesticulation” may sound like a horrifying medical procedure, it’s a useful, communicative skill that comes naturally to Italians, good storytellers, and hangry toddlers.

In a Sentence

In the great open-air theater that is Rome, the characters talk with their hands as much as their mouths. On their cellphones or smoking cigarettes or even while downshifting their tiny cars through rush-hour traffic, they gesticulate with enviably elegant coordination.

- Gianni Cipriani, The New York Times

 
 
 To espy (“ess-pie”) means to see, to notice, to catch a glimpse of, to SPY something. You might espy distractingly-hard nipples on Val Kilmer's bat-suit. Or espy  looks of disgust when you play a G-Eazy song. Espy is a literary word you’re more likely to espy in a book, but that shouldn’t stop you from knowing it.   In a Sentence   “Crow’s Eye, you call me. Well, who has a keener eye than the crow? After every battle the crows come in their hundreds and their thousands to feast upon the fallen. A crow can espy death from afar. And I say that all of Westeros is dying. Those who follow me will feast until the end of their days.”  -Euron Greyjoy, A Feast For Crows (George R.R. Martin)      

To espy (“ess-pie”) means to see, to notice, to catch a glimpse of, to SPY something. You might espy distractingly-hard nipples on Val Kilmer's bat-suit. Or espy  looks of disgust when you play a G-Eazy song. Espy is a literary word you’re more likely to espy in a book, but that shouldn’t stop you from knowing it.

In a Sentence

“Crow’s Eye, you call me. Well, who has a keener eye than the crow? After every battle the crows come in their hundreds and their thousands to feast upon the fallen. A crow can espy death from afar. And I say that all of Westeros is dying. Those who follow me will feast until the end of their days.”

-Euron Greyjoy, A Feast For Crows (George R.R. Martin)

 

 

 
 Excited, enthusiastic, eager. If you’re keen on something, you more than just like it. It gets your juices flowing. In 2017, many people were keen on trap music, crop tops and dancing hot dogs. Keen can also describe a sharp sense of perception. You can have keen intuition, keen eyesight or be keenly aware that  Curb Your Enthusiasm  is the single greatest achievement of our generation.   In a Sentence   “I’m not keen on writing which exhaustively describes the physical characteristics of the people in the story and what they’re wearing ... If I want to read descriptions of clothes, I can always get a J. Crew catalogue.”  - Stephen King,  On Writing

Excited, enthusiastic, eager. If you’re keen on something, you more than just like it. It gets your juices flowing. In 2017, many people were keen on trap music, crop tops and dancing hot dogs. Keen can also describe a sharp sense of perception. You can have keen intuition, keen eyesight or be keenly aware that Curb Your Enthusiasm is the single greatest achievement of our generation.

In a Sentence

“I’m not keen on writing which exhaustively describes the physical characteristics of the people in the story and what they’re wearing ... If I want to read descriptions of clothes, I can always get a J. Crew catalogue.”

- Stephen King, On Writing

 
    LOUD NOISES!!! That’s what a cacophony is.. A cacophony isn’t just a one bad sound, but several of them merging into an onslaught of noise. A pack of ankle-biting dogs, a chorus of crying babies, or a 12-person cable-news panel. These are cacophonies.   In a Sentence   "He can see the rolling gong. He opens up on it. The vicious cacophony of machine gun fire is joined by bullets hitting the gong and ricocheting away. Very, very noisy.”  - George Lucas,  Raiders of the Lost Ark  screenplay

 

LOUD NOISES!!! That’s what a cacophony is.. A cacophony isn’t just a one bad sound, but several of them merging into an onslaught of noise. A pack of ankle-biting dogs, a chorus of crying babies, or a 12-person cable-news panel. These are cacophonies.

In a Sentence

"He can see the rolling gong. He opens up on it. The vicious cacophony of machine gun fire is joined by bullets hitting the gong and ricocheting away. Very, very noisy.”

- George Lucas, Raiders of the Lost Ark screenplay

 
 Just as lions rule the ground they walk upon, so do people we lionize. Oprah, Tom Brady, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson --all lionized. They can seemingly do no wrong, but deep down they’re flawed human beings like anyone else. Except for The Rock. Dude is literally a lion.   In a Sentence    Andy Greenwald:  Soundcloud rap has really passed me by...I wouldn’t say these rappers have bars, but that’s not a priority anymore.   Chris Ryan:  Well you and I were just lionizing 50-cent as the future. And Lloyd Banks.  - “The Watch” podcast, episode 185

Just as lions rule the ground they walk upon, so do people we lionize. Oprah, Tom Brady, Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson --all lionized. They can seemingly do no wrong, but deep down they’re flawed human beings like anyone else. Except for The Rock. Dude is literally a lion.

In a Sentence

Andy Greenwald: Soundcloud rap has really passed me by...I wouldn’t say these rappers have bars, but that’s not a priority anymore.

Chris Ryan: Well you and I were just lionizing 50-cent as the future. And Lloyd Banks.

- “The Watch” podcast, episode 185

 
 Illusory describes anything based on illusion. If something appears one way but is actually another, then it’s illusory. It ain’t real podna. Illusory usually carries a negative connotation. Like when you need help moving to a new apartment, only to discover that all of your friendships are illusory. You thought they existed, but they don’t.   In a Sentence   “There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.”  Patrick Bateman,  American Psycho  (Bret Easton Ellis)      

Illusory describes anything based on illusion. If something appears one way but is actually another, then it’s illusory. It ain’t real podna. Illusory usually carries a negative connotation. Like when you need help moving to a new apartment, only to discover that all of your friendships are illusory. You thought they existed, but they don’t.

In a Sentence

“There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.”

Patrick Bateman, American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)

 

 

 
 Voracious  describes an other-worldly hunger. Whether it's for food, reading, Reddit, memes, sex- it doesn’t matter. as long as you always want more. Often times you’ll see it paired with appetite, as in ‘Terrance has a voracious appetite for karate."   In a Sentence   “When the linen order arrives, the smart cooks fall onto it voraciously, stashing stacks of the valuable objects anywhere they can hide them.”  - Anthony Bourdain ,  Kitchen Confidential

Voracious  describes an other-worldly hunger. Whether it's for food, reading, Reddit, memes, sex- it doesn’t matter. as long as you always want more. Often times you’ll see it paired with appetite, as in ‘Terrance has a voracious appetite for karate."

In a Sentence

“When the linen order arrives, the smart cooks fall onto it voraciously, stashing stacks of the valuable objects anywhere they can hide them.”

- Anthony Bourdain , Kitchen Confidential

 
 A mea culpa (may-uh-culpa) is a public apology. Unlike one of those “sorry if I offended you” apologies, when someone clearly takes responsibility for being an all-around shit person, they’ve delivered a mea culpa. Mea culpa can also be used as an expression. If you feel the need to apologize but can’t muster the words, try blurting out “mea culpa.” Results may vary.   In a Sentence    “While a mostly thorough mea culpa, the statement does stand in stark contrast to Louis C.K.'s statements and behavior before the Times' exposé reached the public.”  - Gabriel Bell,   Salon Magazine

A mea culpa (may-uh-culpa) is a public apology. Unlike one of those “sorry if I offended you” apologies, when someone clearly takes responsibility for being an all-around shit person, they’ve delivered a mea culpa. Mea culpa can also be used as an expression. If you feel the need to apologize but can’t muster the words, try blurting out “mea culpa.” Results may vary.

In a Sentence

“While a mostly thorough mea culpa, the statement does stand in stark contrast to Louis C.K.'s statements and behavior before the Times' exposé reached the public.”

- Gabriel Bell,  Salon Magazine

 
 Firebrands are abrasive people who see the world a certain way and aren’t afraid to power-bomb your feelings to make their vision a reality. They don't just stir the pot, they crank the stove until it boils over into a raging grease fire. They're not inherently good or bad, but they are successful in getting our collective attention. Some notable firebrands were Steve Jobs, Christopher Hitchens and Muhammed Ali.    In a Sentence   “Stop calling Roy Moore a ‘firebrand.’ That sounds cool. He's a racist maniac who said 9/11 was God punishing us for being too secular.”  -  @KenTremendous  , Twitter

Firebrands are abrasive people who see the world a certain way and aren’t afraid to power-bomb your feelings to make their vision a reality. They don't just stir the pot, they crank the stove until it boils over into a raging grease fire. They're not inherently good or bad, but they are successful in getting our collective attention. Some notable firebrands were Steve Jobs, Christopher Hitchens and Muhammed Ali. 

In a Sentence

“Stop calling Roy Moore a ‘firebrand.’ That sounds cool. He's a racist maniac who said 9/11 was God punishing us for being too secular.”

@KenTremendous , Twitter

 
 A Svengali is a master manipulator. A con-man's con-man. They weaponize their charm to turn intelligent people into flesh-and-blood puppets. If someone has a sense that they’re being controlled, it's not the work of a true Svengali. Some Svengalis you may know are Rasputin, Machiavelli and Littlefinger.   In a Sentence    Charlie Rose:  This Saturday Night Live image…It basically shows you as some Svengali.   Steve Bannon:  Actually the grim reaper.   Charlie Rose:  The grim reaper, correct.  - 60 Minutes

A Svengali is a master manipulator. A con-man's con-man. They weaponize their charm to turn intelligent people into flesh-and-blood puppets. If someone has a sense that they’re being controlled, it's not the work of a true Svengali. Some Svengalis you may know are Rasputin, Machiavelli and Littlefinger.

In a Sentence

Charlie Rose: This Saturday Night Live image…It basically shows you as some Svengali.

Steve Bannon: Actually the grim reaper.

Charlie Rose: The grim reaper, correct.

- 60 Minutes

 
 If a situation is interminable, there's no end in sight. It’s as if time has slowed to a crawl and you’d rather claw your eyes out than keep staring at the clock. You might use ‘interminable’ to describe a conference call from hell, an Amazon package forever stuck in transit, or basically any jam band. If a situation refuses to ‘terminate,’ then it is interminable.     In a Sentence    “In a 2011 episode of Black Mirror, life in an energy-scarce future has been reduced to an interminable spin class.”  -Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

If a situation is interminable, there's no end in sight. It’s as if time has slowed to a crawl and you’d rather claw your eyes out than keep staring at the clock. You might use ‘interminable’ to describe a conference call from hell, an Amazon package forever stuck in transit, or basically any jam band. If a situation refuses to ‘terminate,’ then it is interminable.  

In a Sentence

“In a 2011 episode of Black Mirror, life in an energy-scarce future has been reduced to an interminable spin class.”

-Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

 Glib describes someone who speaks in a slick, smooth way but is being rather dickish given the context. A glib remark is both witty and tone-deaf, making light of a serious or sensitive situation with a patronizing one liner. If you’re on a date and describe your ex as "the one that would never get away," reign it in son. You're being glib.   In a Sentence    Tom:  We disagree on how awful it was. Why don't you come with me and we can disagree and get a tan at the same time?   Jane:  Jesus, if you're glib about this I'm going to lose it.  - James Brooks,  Broadcast News (movie)

Glib describes someone who speaks in a slick, smooth way but is being rather dickish given the context. A glib remark is both witty and tone-deaf, making light of a serious or sensitive situation with a patronizing one liner. If you’re on a date and describe your ex as "the one that would never get away," reign it in son. You're being glib.

In a Sentence

Tom: We disagree on how awful it was. Why don't you come with me and we can disagree and get a tan at the same time?

Jane: Jesus, if you're glib about this I'm going to lose it.

- James Brooks, Broadcast News (movie)

 
 Based off of this image, you might be able to glean what the definition of glean is. To glean means to piece together a conclusion using different context clues. It's a more concise way to say "figure out" and a less cliche way to say "connect the dots."   In a Sentence   “As you might have gleaned, Jumanji 2.0 does not keep the damn kids: Once they’re sucked into the game, they turn into their adult counterparts.”  - Claire McNear, The Ringer

Based off of this image, you might be able to glean what the definition of glean is. To glean means to piece together a conclusion using different context clues. It's a more concise way to say "figure out" and a less cliche way to say "connect the dots."

In a Sentence

“As you might have gleaned, Jumanji 2.0 does not keep the damn kids: Once they’re sucked into the game, they turn into their adult counterparts.”

- Claire McNear, The Ringer

 
    To pontificate is to speak with such arrogance and hubris it’s as if you're the pope and your soap box stretches to the heavens. You simply cannot be wrong because your argument is infallible and everyone else is ignorant, naive and/or stupid.   In a Sentence   "This isn't a place to arrogantly pontificate. It's for seeking moral and ethical counsel. Be respectful of each other's opinions."  - "Am I Wrong" subreddit rules

 

To pontificate is to speak with such arrogance and hubris it’s as if you're the pope and your soap box stretches to the heavens. You simply cannot be wrong because your argument is infallible and everyone else is ignorant, naive and/or stupid.

In a Sentence

"This isn't a place to arrogantly pontificate. It's for seeking moral and ethical counsel. Be respectful of each other's opinions."

- "Am I Wrong" subreddit rules

 
 Someone who’s precocious is ridiculously skilled at a young age. Think of them as prodigy-light. Whether they’re speaking fluent Italian through a mouthful of braces or shredding guitar before their first pube, they're clearly advanced well beyond their years.   In a Sentence   “There are no heroes, super or otherwise. No precocious children. His comics are about not-so-lovable losers who aren’t so easy on the eyes.”  - Mike Sacks,  Poking a Dead Frog

Someone who’s precocious is ridiculously skilled at a young age. Think of them as prodigy-light. Whether they’re speaking fluent Italian through a mouthful of braces or shredding guitar before their first pube, they're clearly advanced well beyond their years.

In a Sentence

“There are no heroes, super or otherwise. No precocious children. His comics are about not-so-lovable losers who aren’t so easy on the eyes.”

- Mike Sacks, Poking a Dead Frog