SPEAK -LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON VOCABULARY Marking Period One Obscene Demerit Inconspicuous Reconstitute Errant Wan Pseudo Interim Drones Blather Floundering Synchronized Indoctrination Thespians Fascists Obscene: (adj)- offensive by accepted standards of morality. Example: He made an obscene gesture at the driver who cut him off. Demerit: Inconspicuous: (noun)- offense or a fault. (adj)- not readily noticeable. ExampleStudents are given demerits if they arrive late to class. Example: She tried to remain as inconspicuous as possible in class because she forgot her homework. Reconstitute: Errant: (verb)- to bring back , restore to a former condition. (adj)- to move aimlessly – do not follow guidelines or standards. Example: They have plans to reconstitute the bankrupt company. Example: He was an errant traveler as he refused to follow guidebooks or maps. Wan: (adj)- suggestive of poor health. ExampleThere were rumors spread about him due to his wan appearance. Pseudo: (adj)- something or someone false. ExampleShe took her cousin as her pseudo date to the prom. Interim: (noun)- and intervening time, interval. Example- You need to make sure that you have all of your work in before interim reports are due. Fascists: (noun)- a person who has extreme right-wing views (believe in having absolute power). ExampleTheir strength is the key to stopping the fascists. Drones: (noun)- the male honeybee (stingless and don’t produce honey). Blathers: (noun) foolish talk ExampleIt's annoying when people blather while at the gym. Floundering: (verb)- to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements. ExampleThe lifeguard saved the floundering child from drowning in the pool. Synchronized: (verb)- to indicate something at the same time. ExampleI reminded the athletes to have their dance routine synchronized. Indoctrination: (noun)- the act of teaching with a specific point of view (biased). ExampleThere is no greater crime than to indoctrinate young minds with false information. Thespians: (adj)- describe something related to drama or the arts. (noun)- an actress or an actor. ExampleA person who is excellent at performing is an example of someone who would be described as having thespian talent.