by Samantha Gellin
114 days ago
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In case you need a dictionary with the Nov. 5 issue of CityBeat
Good late morning readers! After an absence last week it's good to be back. I found plenty of Words Nobody Uses or Knows in this week's issue. (If you're feeling as hopeless about the midterm election results as I am maybe some vocab will cheer you up? Eh. Not likely, but we can try!)Best word in this weeks issue is proscenium, found in Garin Pirnia's piece about a super cool new music venue in OTR. On its own, proscenium sounds like a name of a body part (but I never trust my gut on these things; it's usually wrong).proscenium: the stage of an ancient Greek or Roman theater; the plane separating the stage proper from the audience and including the arch and the curtain within it (n.)In this issue: "They’ve since gutted the place, leaving the plaster proscenium
with light-bulb rosettes as the only original intact interior
memorabilia."Next best word is lascivious, which sounds to me simultaneously sexy and creepy. It's in Rick Pender's review of Into the Woods, the fairytale mash-up at the Covedale Center that earned a Critic's Pick.lascivious: characterized by or expressing lust or lewdness; wanton; tending to excite lustful desires (adj.) In this issue: "Alessi also plays the lascivious Wolf." (Pender is referring to the Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood here.) Hmm. The use of this word suddenly seems wrong, very wrong. It's insinuating all sorts of nasty....moving on.)Ply is the next word that caught my eye. It's in "Battling Barriers," this week's cover story abut sex work in Cincinnati. But seriously, read this. I momentarily mistook ply for pry, but both words have similar meanings. ply (as a noun): a layer of fabric, wood or a strand of fiber. ply (as a verb): to make multiple layers, to work at, to keep supplying or to keep asking questions.In this issue: "They
also point out that not all sex work happens on the streets and claim
that the Internet has made it safer and more liberating for those who
wish to ply the trade."Next word is progenitors, in the Sound Advice column for Carcass, a Grindcore and Death Metal band. Whatever that is. progenitor: a forefather; ancestor in direct line; a source from which something develops; originator or precursor (n.)In this issue: "Any discussion on the origins of
Grindcore and Death Metal absolutely has to include Carcass on the
shortlist of the genres’ progenitors."Diametrically is the last word. I feel that most people already know this one. I do, but four words doesn't seem enough today, so I'll throw it in here. diametrically: along a diameter; designating an opposite, a contrary, a difference, etc. that is wholly so; complete: diametrical opposites (adj.)
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