etiolate \EE-tee-eh-leyt\ (verb) - 1 : To bleach or make pale,
especially by depriving of light. 2 : To make feeble or sickly.
"Alex had a face etiolated from years of lurking in the dank recesses of
stogy \STO-gee\ (noun) - A cheap cigar.
"My neighbor from Cuba hasn't been home lately, so we'll have to smoke
these stogies I got at the the local Mega-Lo-Mart."
opprobrium \eh-PRO-bri-ehm\ (noun) - Disgrace or reproach
brought on by extremely shameful conduct. The action causing such reproach.
"The opprobrium of pulverizing a row of mother's roses with the lawn
mower cost Judith a week of freedom of ...
cacodylic \kae-keh-DI-lik\ (adjective) - 1 : Belonging to
the arsenic group of poisons. 2 : Foul-smelling.
"After playing in the yard, Meghan found a cacodylic substance clinging
stubbornly to the bottom of her right shoe."
"Gaffer"? "Key Grip"? "Foley Artist"?
As the Academy Awards approach, let's explore the origins of those strange job titles that scroll by during movie credits. We'll get help from Richard Weiner's book "The Skinny about Best Boys, Dollies, ...
inure \i-NYUR\ (verb) - To habituate someone to something
undesirable, especially after they have endured it for a long time.
"Regina's TV dinners were a far cry from her mother's creative cuisine
but after a while she became inured to them"