Vocab List #8: The Great Gatsby 1. Feign (v)- to make believe; pretend 2. Supercilious(adj)- arrogant; smug 3. Complacent(adj)- smug or comfortable, without awareness of some potential danger or defect 4. Intimation (n)- subtle suggestion; hint 5. Languid(adj)- lacking in spirit; lazy 6. Deft(adj)- nimble; skillful; clever 7. Permeate(v)- to pass into or through every part of; pervade; saturate 8. Innuendo(n)- an indirect inappropriate comment or conversation 9. Erroneous(adj)- mistaken; incorrect 10. Vehement(adj)- intense; passionate 11. Cordial(adj)- courteous; gracious; friendly 12. Impetuous(adj)- impulsive; capricious 13. Vacuous(adj)- lacking in ideas or intelligence; empty-headed 14. Provincial(adj)- unsophisticated and/or narrow-minded due to being sheltered 15. Din(n)- a continued loud sound; noisy clamor
Vocab Activity 8.1 • Using all the words on List 8, write sentences that relate to literature from 9th-11th grade. • Suggestions: Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo & Juliet, Lord of the Flies, Antigone, 12 Angry Men, short stories, anything else you can think of. • Or you can use anything we have read this year, such as The Crucible, Into the Wild, poems, speeches, etc.
Vocab List #8Parts of Speech 1. Feign (v) 2. Supercilious(adj) superciliously (adv); superciliousness (n) 3. Complacent(adj) complacently (adv); complacence (n) 4. Intimation (n) intimate (v) 5. Languid(adj) languidly (adv); languish (v); languidness (n) 6. Deft(adj) deftly (adv); deftness (n) 7. Permeate(v) permeation (n) 8. Innuendo(n) 9. Erroneous(adj) erroneously (adv); erroneousness (n) 10. Vehement(adj) vehemently (adv); vehemence (n) 11. Cordial(adj) cordially (adv); cordiality (n) 12. Impetuous(adj) impetuously (adv); impetuosity (n) 13. Vacuous(adj) vacuously (adv) 14. Provincial(adj) provincially (adv); provinciality (n) 15. Din(n)
Vocab Activity 8.2 Using all the words from List 8, write a letter to Santa.
Santa Letter Dear Santa, Even though I am Jewish and don’t celebrate Christmas, I will feign believing in you so that I can write this letter. I think I deserve to be on the nice list this year, because I’ve worked hard and tried not to be languid. I’ve also tried not to be supercilious, but sometimes I slip up when I’m talking to someone vacuous or provincial. I’ve engaged in minimal sexual innuendo, and I’ve tried to be more impetuous. I know being impetuous is usually seen as a bad thing, but it can also be positive if it makes you try new things and seize the day. I won’t make an intimation about what I want as a gift this year, because then you might not know what I’m talking about and erroneously get me something useless. Instead, I vehemently request a new laptop. Lastly, I want to say how much I admire your cordial behavior with children and your deftness when it comes to navigating your sleigh over the din of the world. Your generosity permeates the hearts of many. PS. Just a warning – don’t be complacent around your elves. There are some evil ones who might be trying to overthrow you.
Vocab Activity 8.3 • Using all the words from List 8, write a paragraph summary of The Great Gatsby so far.