Up to Snuff #101: Vocabulary List #13

Up to Snuff #101:  Vocabulary List #13

Compiled by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Ameliorate

Inequity

Encroach

Advent

Contests

Nuisance

Enmity

Stratagem

Evinced

Prudent

Inimical

Maximus

Strife

Venality

Trepidation

Quagmire

Portrait

Subdued

Public Defender

Vast

Barnacle

Indebted

Expositions

Principles

Spires

Ivy covered

Reciprocally

Laborious

Heresy

Abyss

Liberalism

Sanity

Narrow

Portentous

Vexed

Sentiment

Unduly

Issue

Impartiality

Probabilities

Problematical

Procedure

Controversialist

Turbulent

“Compound Misfortune”

Remoteness

Fulminations

Luxuriated

Irrelevance

Ponderosities

Courteously

Deferred

Bluff

Opportunist

Formidable

Indiscriminately

Jovial

Expound

Brood

Gusto

Ingenuity

Calculating

Defiantly

Protruded

Gauge

Prejudice

Martyrdom

Perishing

Diverted

Avalanches

Blunt

Ridicule

Forensic

Botanized

Adjourned

Complimented

Frankness

Constitute

Terrestrial

Stellar

Repository

Tangible

Commonplace

Heredity

Bestow

Prodigious

Voluminous

Eloquent

Facile

Felicitous

Virtues

Splendor

Adequate

Gratified

Grappling

Combativeness

Eager

Incredulous

Fratricidal

Sermonized

Pulpit

Pinafore

Surplice

“Horror-Stricken”

Allusions

Skeptics

Infidels

Insensibly

Orthodoxy

Plunging

Dysentery

Sublimity

Skepticism

Staunch

“Morally earnest”

Suspicious

Dogma

Theological

Pious

Evangelical

Grace

Conviction

Lurid

Illumination

Stifled

Mortuary

Shudders

Incision

Cruelly

Bowels

Remark

Gratifies

Morbid

Apathy

Hypochondriacal

Nauseating

Staggering

Casement

Strenuous

Outbursts

Pommeling

Gruesome

Opiate

Faith

Morals

Shams

Devotion

Unit

Citizen

Splendid

Prose

Verve

Arid

Antiseptic

Frontier

Linguist

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #99: Writing as Development

Up to Snuff #99:  Writing as Development

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Writing can be perhaps best utilized as “development.”  Writing can develop countries or cultures as in the cases of “Arabian Nights,” or “Wild Irish Rose,” that were used to develop the Arabs and Irish respectively.  Writing can be used to develop cultural branding or build the imagination of their readers as with books such as Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” or Emily Bronte’s, “Wuthering Heights.”  Books elicit ideas and personalities form around them.

When making a book list for a reader one notes that she may develop their knowledge, teach them lessons, develop their values, develop their conversation and develop their personality as if by prescription.

Needless to say, when seeking development in general, one may pursue a literary strategy, whether it is to develop a person or a country or a company or a field of knowledge or a campaign.  Should one embark on the development of the arts or of writing itself or economic development for a people, a literary pursuit may be appropriate.  Some of the best developed presidential campaigns began with books.

Things may write into existence.  Another way of looking at development may be looking at the individual development of great fiction.  When writing a great book of fiction one may research words, research language, research setting, document scenes from life experience for liveliness, research, research, research and on and on to write a perfected book by putting all in.  The books result may be a development of the imagination for example and the books start may also be a kind of thorough development of research, ideas and descriptions.

Perhaps how well the book develops a person, place or thing correlates to its longevity or rate of success.  How well was it developed and what did it develop?  Perhaps the writer set out to teach you to be rich?  Perhaps the writer is developing naturalists or passionate types or maturation.

A writer may set out to develop a political party, then develop the political party’s leaders, movements, speeches and campaigns.  Power, in the end, is in development.  One may view it as teachings or wise guide, or a kind of personal triumph that graduates an individual from perhaps complacent to passionate.  One may cultivate beauty or work on big societal ideas and be consciously guided to make improvements.

Based on Harvard’s Press, many Harvard business students generate start-up capital with their initial enterprise as a literary pursuit.  One woman wished to generate capital to end homelessness by documenting it in detail in a literary format to use proceeds to generate power to foster change to oppressive conditions in failed economies.  Books, in the end, can develop both ideas and financing for ideas.

The first rung on a successful ladder may be a literary rung.  One may utilize writing to look through a variety of lenses whether they are social, socio-economic, political, cultural, etc.  By looking through many lenses one may view a variety of perspectives and come to develop historical writing or world view or generate accurate documentation around a world event.  Writing may come to develop an idea about an event that inevitably replaces the event.

If one were to pursue a “power to the people!” strategy, perhaps development goals would serve.  A writer may choose to develop her people’s personalities, their inspiration, knowledgebase, their maturity, their history, their love ability, their culinary.   Literary development becomes a real and tangible “power to the people!”

Stay tuned for forthcoming book “Up to Snuff,” By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu due out in 2020.

Up to Snuff #98: Cambridge Companion Starter Book List

Up to Snuff #98:  Cambridge Companion Starter Book List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

“Cambridge Companions  are a series of accessible thought guides written by leading experts offering lively introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods.” (www.cambridge.org)

All books are preceded by the prefix “The Cambridge Companion to:”

Sappho

Singing

D.H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens

Brass Instruments

Travel Writing

Chekhov

Walt Whitman

Conducting

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Joseph Conrad

Chomsky

Crime Fiction

George Orwell

Baudelaire

Henry David Thoreau

Latin American Novel

Existentialism

Creative Writing

Literature and Disability

Latina American Literature

American Gay and Lesbian Literature

Tennessee Williams

Oscar Wilde

The Writings of Julius Caesar

Literature of the American West

Reminiscences of Rose Bonheur

Life and Letters of Hannah E. Pipe

The Principle of Comparative Philogy (Dept. Linguistics)

The Abbot’s House at Westminster

Abeokuta and the Camaroons Mountains (Richard Francis Burton)

Aborigines of Tasmania

Aborigines of Victorias

The Gardeners Dictionary

Abstracts of the Chartularies of the Priory of Monkbretton

L’Astronomie Chinoise

Asa Gray

A Treatise of the Eternal Chemical & Physical Characters of Minerals

Body and Mind (History of Medicine)

Chaucer

A Budget of Paradoxes (Mathematics)

Pushkin

Francis of Assisi

T.S. Eliot

Richard Wright

Sayyid Ahmed Khan

Harpsichord

Narrative Theory

Jung

Hegel

Quran

Keats

Byron

Samuel Beckett

Kant

Freud

Kafka

W.B. Yeats

Jesus

Organ

Rabelais

 

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #97: Vocabulary List #12

Up to Snuff #97:  Vocabulary List #12

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Ardent

Avenging

Didactic

Edification

Dreadful

Nevertheless

Impermanence

Meticulousness

Subjected

Repugnant

Uncouth

Pallid

Remarkable

Havoc

Schadenfreude

Boffo

Natation

Intrepid

Apparitions

Fodder

Melodrama

Stalwart

Gusto

Personage

Luxuriance

Well-stocked

Sublime

Endeavors

Placate

Oddness

Naughty

Reproaches

Exclaim

Genuine

Thrust

Shimmery

Grazed

Planted

Thence

Flux

Tempest

 

Up to Snuff #96: Literary Review Boilerplate

Up to Snuff #96:  Literary Review Boilerplate or Template

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu  (Courtesy SNHU, ENG 122_Comp)

 

Literary Review Boilerplate

 

Introduction/summary

(Context, summary, purpose, audience, actual statements from text, identify one area that supports main point with evidence, describe authors style and tone)

 

Claim/Thesis

(Main argument, do you agree or disagree, strong or weak, evidence to support your opinion)

 

Point 1

Point one evidence

Point one two statements

Point 1, 4 sentences

 

Point 2

Point 2 evidence

Point 2, 2 sentences

Point 2, 4 sentences

 

Point 3

Point 3 evidence

Point 2, 2 sentences

Point 3, 4 sentences

 

 

Conclusion

4 sentences

 

3-4 sentences summarizing key points

 

2 Insights about piece

 

 

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #95: From Research to Design

Up to Snuff #95:  From Research to Design

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Keep graduating

From research to design

With placement in a literary context

 

The historical paper

The research

Thesis

Lens

 

The response

The responses necessities

The plans

The manifestation

 

The party, the campaign, the platform

The leadership book

The conferences, the branding

The propaganda art

 

 

The second and third historical papers

The primary sources

The journal papers

The associated papers

The development

 

A placement within a literary context

The Novel

The creative writing

The resulting poems

The story

The angles or perspectives

The R&D

All the exciting little pieces

The biographical notes

On the road, the vision, the historical events

The journals

 

 

 

Up to Snuff #93: Vocabulary List #11

Up to Snuff #93:  Vocabulary List #11

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fulcrum

Mir

Assailing

Deleterious

Pernicious

Pseudonym

Wretchedness

Exacerbated

Faulty

Doctrine

Blunder

Hastened

Primacy

Mystification

A Spectre

Polemic

Despotism

Subjective

Molding

Implicit

Lauded

Topple

Reproach

Espousing

Seditious

Matriculating

Dialectical

Prevailed

Formative

Impetus

Contention

Arose

Galloping

Galvanizing

Scandalized

Counter-productive

Ineffective

Faction

Agitating

Uprising

Lamentation

Expelled

Motor-Force

Humorously

Satirical

Censorship

Accordance

Broad

Mobilize

Veracity

Whilst

Allegation

Inciting

Acquitted

Expunge

Up to Snuff #92: Vocabulary List #10

Up to Snuff #92:  Vocabulary List #10

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

De jure (segregation)

De facto (segregation)

Flouted

Decreeing

Abridged

Nascent

Suffrage

Ratification

Abided

Circumvent

Expressly

Unabashedly

Balked

Disparity

Stonewall

Epithets

Jeers

Deemed

Absenteeism

Aggrieved

Spurred

Animus

Cooling

Defiant

Relic

Sovereign

Infer

Insular

Curfews

Revoked

Perverse

Culminated

Literally

Provoking

Idle

Seething

Bigotry

Gauntlet

Redraw

Paternalization

exempted

Authority

Usurption

Dismantle

Intransigence

Interogation

Inequities

Chasm

Widen

Tragedy

Unintended

Consequences

Frayed

Stricken

Strife

Poised

Peppers

Anecdotes

Vivid

Cardinal

Controversial

Inescapably

Judiciously

Overwhelm

 

 

Up to Snuff#91: Ideological Writing

Up to Snuff #91:  Ideological Writing

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Ideological Writings

  • Does it propagandize?
  • Does it lead to movements?
  • Does it provide ideas from which a movement can evolve?
  • Does it frame?

Eg.  Karl Marx’s “Capital 1,2,& 3”  or “The Communist Manifesto”

How did key Marxist ideas, via “ideological writings,” influence the goals of labor unions around the turn of the twentieth century? Marx’s “ideological writings” such as “Capital 1,2, & 3” and “The Communist Manifesto” propagandize, lead to movements, frame and provide ideas from which a movement can evolve ideologically.  Key Marx concepts like the use of the “left” or communism or socialist or capitalism or labor or class struggle or bourgeoisie or proletariat were incendiary and gave rise to militancy.  The disciples were those who adopted communism or socialist and became the key drivers of labor movements that formed unions in the twentieth century.