Learn New Words You Actually Can Use – Vocab 1

Learn new words

If you know a word that can be used regularly, add it in the comments below.

Specious. superficially plausible, but actually wrong. Misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive.

“A specious argument.” “The music trade gives Golden Oldies a specious appearance of novelty. “Specious reasoning.”

Hyperbole. Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

“I am so hungry I could eat a horse.” “I have a million things to do.” “I had to walk 15 miles to school in the snow, uphill.”

Heuristic.  Enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.

“He made the young students learn by a ‘hands-on’ or heuristic approach.”

Underwrite. Sign and accept liability under (an insurance policy), thus guaranteeing payment in case loss or damage occurs, or; Pledge to buy all the unsold shares in (an issue of new securities).

“A large portion of NPR’s revenue comes from dues and fees paid by our Member stations and underwriting from corporate sponsors.”

Status quo ante. Latin for “the way things were before.” In law, it refers to the objective of a temporary restraining order or a rescission in which the situation is restored to “the state in which previously” it existed.

“Nevertheless, so far the local populations seem to have come to terms with ISIS control and sometimes even support it. They do so especially in view of its ability to provide basic services, restore daily life to the status quo ante, and fill the administrative void that was created.”

Dust-up. A fight; a quarrel.

“You and Larry had a dust-up over Val?”

Franchise. an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities, e.g., providing a broadcasting service or acting as an agent for a company’s products.

Hothouse. A heated building, typically made largely of glass, for rearing plants out of season or in a climate colder than is natural for them.

Concatenate. Link (things) together in a chain or series.

“I’ll never hire good people. I’ll never be able to concatenate 10 mediocre people to do what one great one can do. And you have to manage good people. And if I can only get 35 great ones, that’s it.”

Precipitous. An action done suddenly and without careful consideration.

“Take some precipitous action that causes the Kingdom to have to interrupt that. I’d like them to continue to make progress in the way we want them to.”

Nexus. A connection or series of connections linking two or more things.

“The nexus is great between housing and health care.”

Halcyon days. A period of peace and happiness, or: A fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice.

 

Good movies and TV shows

What are the good movies and TV shows? Here’s a list, in case you are looking for something. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below, but I’ll only be adding the ones that are actually good, to this list. There’s also a section on online video producers. This page doesn’t have any reading material or other things; just video of at least a certain length.

MOVIES:

AMERICAN
Deer Hunter
Point Break (the first one which is the best American movie ever made, not the shitty remake which isn’t even worth watching)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Pink Cadillac
Blow Up (more for the cinematography and direction level than anything)

AMERICAN COMEDY
Buddymoon
Last Spring Break
Rushmore
Royal Tannenbaums
There’s Something About Mary

JAPANESE
All About Lily Chou Chou
Seven Samurai, Tokyo Monogatari (3 films)
Linda Linda Linda
Love & Pop
Spirited Away (anime)

EUROPEAN
Fanny and Alexander
The Conformist
The Damned
Naked

BRITISH
Lawrence of Arabia
Chariots of Fire
Zulu

AUSTRALIAN
The Proposition
Year of Living Dangerously
Galipoli
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Mad Maxs (not the 2016 shit one)

TV SHOWS:

SERIOUS
Twin Peaks
Mad Men
The Last Kingdom (vikings and Alfred-era England)
Vikings (a generation earlier than Last Kingdom)
Westworld (partially future, partially cowboy-era)

COMEDY
Seinfeld (Jewish people in 90s New York)
Friends (white preppies in New York)
Rosanne (Working class white suburbanites)

ONLINE VIDEO CHANNELS: PBS on YouTube,

How to calculate how much stock you want to buy

To calculate first the percentage of your funds you want to spend on a given stock, take your amount multiplied by the percent (We have $90000 and want to spend 20% of that, so we type in 90000 x 0.2 = ). We now know we want to spend not more than $18000.

Now subtract the commission for the stock purchase ($9.99). Then divide the remaining number (17990) by the ask price of the stock ($32.77), like this: 17990 / 32.77 = . Round the number you get down to a whole number (remove the numbers after the decimal). Now you know you want to buy 549 stocks at the price of $32.77 each, which won’t cost more than $17,990.

You can check your math by multiplying the number of stocks (549) by the price (32.77). 549 x 32.77 = 17990.

Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Chords and Lyrics

Get Lucky Chords

Bm D F#m E (repeated throughout song)

Get Lucky Lyrics

Like the legend of the Phoenix
All ends with beginnings
What keeps the planets spinning (uh)
The force from the beginning

We’ve come too far to give up who we are
So let’s raise the bar and our cups to the stars

She’s up all night to the sun
I’m up all night to get some
She’s up all night for good fun
I’m up all night to get lucky

The present has no ribbon
Your gift keeps on giving,
What is this I’m feeling?
If you wanna leave I’m with it (ah)

Get Lucky Tab

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B|--3-3-3--3-|--7-7-7--7-|-8/10-10--10-10--10-|--------------|
G|--2-2-2--2-|--7-7-7--7-|-9/11-11--11-11--11-|-9-9--9-9-7-6-|
D|--1-1-1--1-|--7-7-7--7-|-9/11-11--11-11--11-|-9-9--9-9-7-6-|
A|-2-----2--2|-5-----5--5|--------------------|--------------|
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Free Your Mind – En Vogue, Chords and Lyrics

Free Your Mind Chords

Verse:
A G G# A

Bridge:
Dm C G/B
A G G# A
Dm C G/B
Bb Bb

Chorus:
A E G A C C A G

Free Your Mind Lyrics

Prejudice, wrote a song about it.
Like to hear it? Here it go.

I wear tight clothing, high heeled shoes
It doesn’t mean that I’m a prostitute, no no
I like rap music, wear hip hop clothes
That doesn’t mean that I’m out sellin’ dope no no
Oh my forgive me for having straight hair, no
It doesn’t mean there’s another blood in my heir yeah yeah
I might date another race or color
It doesn’t mean I don’t like my strong black brothers.

Why oh why must it be this way
Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said
Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don’t be so shallow.
Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don’t be so shallow

So I’m a sistah
Buy things with cash
That really doesn’t mean that all my credit’s bad, oooh
So why dispute me and waste my time
Because you really think the price is high for me
I can’t look without being watched, and oh
You rang my buy before I made up my mind, OW!
Oh now attitude, why even bother
I can’t change your mind, you can’t change my color

Why oh why must it be this way?
Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said
Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don’t be so shallow…

Why oh why must it be this way?
Before you can read me you gotta learn how to see me, I said
Free your mind and the rest will follow
Be color blind, don’t be so shallow… FREE YOUR MIND!

Free Your Mind Tab

G/B:
7--x--9--7--8--7
7--10-9--7--8--7