The Dropanchor Chronicle: A SAT Vocabulary Novel

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Virtualbookworm Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 495 pages
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SAT vocab-where do you go to learn the big ones? True, hemithennibismericanthic will not be on the SAT. Chimerical, though, and ephemeral, pedantic, apocryphal and ploy have been, and could be again. Learning the big ones-where do you go? Think Dropanchor-the big-word capital, with a high percentage of big-word users. * Allen on large lunches-"soporific as ever" * Meagan on the local librarian-"a prince of sorts and a purveyor of fine literature" * Ms. Jensen on why she fired her friends-"Their claims were spurious." * Larry on the ancient Greeks-"They were a lot more spartan than we are." * Ricky on marriage-"I will be the most uxorious husband ever, polishing the little holograms on her credit cards." The Dropanchor Chronicle: a SAT Vocabulary Novel. It's an odd tale, showcasing 1491 tough words (many big, some not). Defining each one with care, on its page of use or the page before. Helping turn SAT Saturday into just another day.
 

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Contents

The Last of the Unconventionals
1
Idiosyncratic City
6
The Megalomaniac Bullfrog ll
11
A Gratuitous Lesson in Criminal Law
15
The Seismologic Beauty
21
The Asylum of Virtue
25
The Joy of Expunging
36
The Bellicose Paragraph
44
The Disparaging Eyeballs
248
The Assiduous Pile Drivers
252
The Laconic List
259
Unscientific Misgivings
265
The Giant of Whither and Whence
270
4I The Clandestine NonLizard
275
Raw Circumspection
280
The Embarrassing Anachronism
286

The Supercilious Eyebrows
49
l0 The Decadent Vitamins
55
The Green Affinity
64
l2 Cape Scurrility
71
l3 The Harbinger Duck
79
I4 The Ambivalence Dome
89
I5 The Chimerical MegaDuck
99
l6 Desultory Warmups
105
l7 The Vociferous Beacon
114
I8 Captain Pariah
123
l9 Mount Relief
130
The Invidious Prunes
138
2l The Witchs Anomaly
145
Mendicant Briars Mendicant Berries
153
Mercurial Canyon
159
Salubrious Twilight
165
Venalgate
174
The Inveterate Sea Dogs
183
The Impromptu Holiday
191
The Purple Omniscience
197
The Accommodating Losers
205
TheJM Paradigm 2l2 3I The NonDilatory Quadralith
217
Nameless Entrepreneur
223
The Unflattering Capitulation
228
The Monolithic Rejection
234
The Perennial Pout
242
The l9II Garrulous
294
The Toy Oligarchy
300
The Not So Euphonious Malph
308
The Celestial Zoo
315
The 40Watt Defile
323
Flashlight Husbandry
331
The Fastidious Pharm
339
Part Two
351
Ubiquitous Footage
359
Pecuniary Days
370
Ethans Predilection
378
Complementary Hog and Fog
386
Giant Inimical Bats
393
Ramifications Ten for One
401
Prelude to 99 Years of Insanity
408
The Young Bibliophiles
415
The Quixotic Slow
425
6I NonMeteorological Thunder
433
Trial by Potability
440
Chicanery Creek
448
The Realm of Turpitude
455
The TwentyFirstCentury Iconoclasts
468
The Didactic Beasts
476
The Hour of Magenta
484
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About the author (2004)

Stephen D. Ring is a retired attorney living in Houston. Exactly how he became a vocabulary guy is unclear, but some of the credit belongs to the many years of turning out legal prose, and some to the enduring influence of the Latin, Greek and philosophy that he studied-and liked-in his university days.

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