Wednesday, October 25, 2006

New fossils from the Nerdocene

In the last post I mentioned this folder that I just found lurking in the bowels of my laptop, which just happens to contain a bunch of documents that I haven't seen in 13 years. This is another dispatch from that front (rear?).

For my first two years at OU, I roomed with Justin Lee, one of my best friends from high school. Just thinking about him brings back a load of stuff. Playing volleyball, the only athletic endeavor I was ever halfway good out or got much real enjoyment out of. (We called our team Athletes' Foot and our symbol was a volleyball globe standing on an upturned six-toed foot [one toe for each member of the team, of course]. We were the best team at the Oklahoma School of Science and Math in the fall of 1991, which is a bit like saying that you're the first to throw up at a party.) Playing X-Wing for the first time, which was mind-bending if you were part of the Atari 2600 generation. Playing Petra pretty much constantly for months on end. Mostly, lots of playing. Life and work had not yet arrived.

Justin and I kept a list of words that we thought were awesome. We called this list the Heroic Dictionary, and it grew like this:

Justin: Are you going to that dance?

Matt: Dude, you know that dancing is anathema to me.

Justin: Anathema, eh? That's a great word.

Matt: Cool. Another entry in the Heroic Dictionary.

MAN we were weird (no offense, Justin). But it all worked out. We're both married, both have little carpet monsters that we adore, and Justin at least is gainfully employed. So again, armed with the knowledge that we turned out all right, here is a glimpse into the minds of two 18-year-old archgeeks.

Note that to be included a word did not have to be particulary exotic. If it was euphonious, that was usually good enough. Like maelstrom. I don't care who you are, that's a great word.

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The Heroic Dictionary

abject

accolade

accrue

acrid

ameliorate

anathema

anomaly

anthropoid

antithesis

arcane

arduous

aspiration

cavalier

chagrin

cogent

cognizant

convoluted

coprophagic

corporeal

debacle

debauchery

defamation

discordant

disparage

disseminate

dissonance

divest

dubious

enamored

ephemeral

epitome

erudite

exacerbate

expletives

expound

exuberance

fallacious

fetid

furtive

imbibe

immolate

impeccable

imprecation

inane

incisive

innocuous

insidious

intransigence

juxtaposition

lecher

libertinage

lurid

machinations

maelstrom

maleficent

malign

modicum

morbid

nadir

nefarious

obstinate

odious

opulent

ostensibly

paladin

paradigm

paragon

pejorative

peruse

plethora

ponderous

portent

primordial

purported

putrid

quandary

quintessence

reiterating

replete

reprehensible

repugnant

requiem

requisite

reticent

salient

sardonic

self-deprecating

semi-sapient

simian

simpering

sophistry

sordid

transient

ubiquitous

verdant

visage

voluminous

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