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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Pickwick Papers: Chapter 2 Part 1

A continuation of my attempt to recreate one of my favourite childhood lists. The explanation and chapter 1 can be found here. It seems that here I missed the phrase "put 'em under the pump" which means:






  • Vivacity - lively in temper, conduct, or spirit 
  • Hitherto - up to this or that time
  • Cessation - a stop in some action
  • Smart (verb) - cause a sting pain
  • Illustrious - having high calibre
  • Tenacity - the quality of being persistent
  • Singular - remarkable
  • Perplexed - filled with confusion or difficulty
  • Portmanteau - a large carry case. From french: porter, to carry, manteau, to handle.
  • Scrupulous - diligent or very concerned to avoid wrong doing.
  • Imbibing - taking in liquid
  • Forthwith - immediately or without delay
  • Affray - fight in public
  • Dispassionate - not influenced by passion (similar to disinterested notinfluenced by interest)
  • Interposition - to place between things
  • Proffer - offer for acceptance
  • Volubility - characterised by flowing speech
  • Reeking - emit an odour or vapour - on being told that he smelled, Samuel Johnson once said, "No madam, you smell, I reek."
  • Whither - to some place
  • Lugging - carrying or dragging with great effort
  • Countenance - facial expression
  • Infallibility - absolute trustworthiness
  • Pervade - to be present throughout
  • Jaunty - lively, cheery, self-confident
  • Self-possessing - in full control of oneself
  • Impudence - cheekiness
  • Haggard - looking exhausted especially from suffering
  • Bespeak - suggest evidence of or reserve in advance
  • Vestige - trace of something that no longer exists
  • Coherent - logical and consistent
  • Intimate - imply or hint OR state or make known publicly
  • Precipitation - sudden haste
  • Conviction - fixed belief
  • Loquacious - talkative
  • Ruminating - thinking deeply
  • Mutability - the ability to change 


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