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Allusion
reference to a person or even outside of the text
Bromide
A person whose thoughts and converstaion are conventional and commonplace. Also, a common place saying, a trite remark
Bourgeoisie
Middle class, materialistic, dull, boring, money grubbing, uncultured
Chutzpah
Brazen impudence, gall, nerve, the willingness to dare
Moxie
Courage, audacity, spirit; energy vigor; enterprise; skill, shredness
Detritus
An accumulation of debris of any sort, junk
Effete
Spent, worn out, exhausted
Egregious
outstandingly bad
Hegira
622 CE, beginning of Islan
Hubris
over weaning pride
Jejune
Unsatisfying to the mind or soul; dull, flat, insipid, bald, dry, unintersting; meager, scant
Levant
Archaic word for the Middle East
Maghreb
Northern coast of Africa
Meme
a self replicating element of culture passed on by imitation
Modicum
a small amount of something
Oxymoron
seeming contradiction, like military intelligence
Paradigm
A pattern or model, an exemplar;(also) a typical instance of something, an example
Mental Models
the cultural lens through wich we see the world; its differnt depending on where you live
pejorative
negative, in an unfaorable sense; contemptuous; giving or acquiring a less favorable meaning or connotation
Quotidian
of an evveryaday cahracter; ordinary, commomplace, trivial
Sahel
the plain below the Sahara
Schadenfreude
delight in another perosn's misfortune
Stereotype
statistical representation of reality
Ubermensch
superman
Indifferent
not caring one way or the other; lacking a preference; neutral
Apathy
lack of emotion or interest
Obscure
unclear; clouded; partially hidden; hard to understand
Ambiguous
having more than one meaning; vague
Impartial
unbiased; neutral
Objective
w/o bias (as opposed to subjective)
Revere
to worship; to honor
Discriminate
to differentiate; to make clear distinction; to see the difference
Denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
Innovate
to be creative; to introduce something new