The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Glossary

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Glossary

ketched

caught

cal'lated

slang for "calculatedm" this term essentially means "figured" or "surmised"

hisself

himself

"Take holt of"

Take hold of; latch on to

summerset

somersault

this-yer

slang for "this here" this term refers to a specific person or object

sorter

sort of

p'ints

points; details

yaller

yellow

foller

follow

ornery

Bad-tempered in a defiant and irritable manner; cranky,

inclined

Possessing a tendency toward doing something or behaving in a particular way.

countenance

Referencing facial expression or the way an observer interprets the look on another's face.

transcendent

Possession qualities that go well beyond the typical into a superior sphere capable of inspiring awe or inspiration.

compliance

Obedient conforming to another's desires or will.

dilapidated

Falling into a state of disrepair as the result of neglect over the passage of time.

garrulous

Describing someone who, though good-natured and affable, can quickly become annoying due to the endless chattering about things of little consequence.

recommence

Restarting an effort.

interminable

Describing the type of situation where it seems like something is never going to end; ceaseless and unrelenting.

iconoclast

Anyone who attacks or criticizes valued and highly cherished traditions or institutions; a rebel who forces others to question the underlying value of convention.

append

To attach or add one thing to another.

cipher

The encoding of a secret means of communication requiring a key for the process of understanding--or deciphering--the code.

tedious

Mind-numbingly monotonous; deathly dull and uninteresting within a context of creating the feeling that your time is being wasted for no good reason.

infernal

Relating to a sense of being trapped in a hellish underworld.

tranquil

A serene feeling of peace and calm that almost verges on the mystical.

exhort

To urge with an aggressive sense of encouragment.

conjecture

A conclusion that has been reached not through logical association of known facts, but theoretical assumptions based on opinion.

finesse

A subtle handling of a situation through the use of discretion, diplomacy and tact rather than clumsily mishandled lack of proper judgment.

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