Vaughan’s Vocabulary

Don Vaughan provides infrequently used words to strengthen your

In last week’s column I wrote about “The Wall” by Pink Floyd. I am just now getting around to listening to this album, released more than 30 years ago.

Only “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Comfortably Numb” and “Hey You” were songs from “The Wall” that I had heard. Not necessarily because of its lyrics, but because of its dynamic sound and creative title, my favorite from that album is “One of My Turns” (especially the loud half; the first half is soft and somber, the second loud and lively). I think Roger Waters, who composed the song, used “turns” for moods that lead to actions.

Hopefully, one of your turns is learning words to increase your vocabulary and to become more effective in your communication. I hope that you will continue to use Vaughan’s Vocabulary as a motivation to leave no stone unturned when it comes to new words. See how you do with the following five.

1. detachedness (de-TA (soft a)-chid-nis)

A. having the tendency of being cutting, caustic

B. the state of having an aloof objectivity, usually free from prejudice or a hidden agenda

C. soft and somber

D. loud and lively

2. putto (PEW-toe)

A. a dough-like material to fasten glass in window frames and to fill crevices

B. a figure of a male infant or cherubic infant in Renaissance art

C. the typical or ordinary woman

D. the typical or ordinary man

No. 1 is B and so is No. 2.

3. cachet (KA (soft a)-shay)

A. prestige

B. a blunt instrument

C. the final remark in a verbal exchange

D. permission

Wearing cufflinks and pocket squares carries a certain cachet. A is the answer.

4. cadenza (cuh-DEN-zuh)

A. briefcase

B. an exceptionally brilliant part of an artistic work

C. elegance in style

D. den mother

A cadenza is an exceptionally brilliant part of an artistic work, especially in classical music. B is the answer.

5. gemutlichkeit (guh-MUET-lik-kite)

A. a parabolic cadenza

B. a vitriolic cadenza

C. warm friendliness

D. a fissure

No. 5 is C.

Last week’s mystery word is psychopathic.

This week’s mystery word to solve has a syllable that has the sound of something you and I are in every day. The mystery word is a noun for a type of food and serving it at a dinner party carries a certain

Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D., of Eupora is a speech and theater professor at East Mississippi Community College, Golden Triangle. Contact him at