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Abstract
adj--theoretical; not concrete
Think of: absent tracks
Picture: A steam train riding on invisible tracks. The tracks are abstract, just an idea.
Abstruse
adj--difficult to understand
Sounds like: Abb's truce
Picture: A hillbilly holding a rifle in one hand and a note in the other. The note may be a truce from the family he's been feuding with (the Abbs), but he's not sure becase it's hard to understand.
Acclaim
verb--praise; applaud
Sounds like: a claim
Picture: The office of an insurance company. The newcomer on the staff has just handled her first claim. Her co-workers, a supportive bunch, are all clapping for her and offering their congratulations.
Note: DON'T CONFUSE WITH "ACCLIMATION," WHICH IS THE PROCESS OF BECOMING ADJUSTED TO A NEW SITUATION.
Accolade
noun--an award, or praise
Sounds like: echo lad
Picture: A young lad is standing on the edge of a cliff, facing a vertical wall of rock about a hundred feet away. He yells wonderful things about himself so that his voice echoes off the wall and comes back to him. He listens and smiles as the words of praise settle over him. "Listen to those accolades, you great kid!" he yells. "LISTEN TO THOSE ACCOLADES, YOU GREAT KID!" yells the echo.
Acquiescent
adj--reluctantly agreeable; comliant
Sounds like: agree yes cent
Picture: The same penny (from Complacent) seated on the park bench. The children continue to urge the penny to play with them. Knowing that they will never give up, he eventually gives in and quietly and reluctantly gets up to play with the children. (The cent has agreed, said yes, but ina passive, reluctant way.)