Deontology – the study or theory of ethics
Example: Treating others the way you want to be treated is basic deontology.
Plaudit – appraise or applause
Example: The high school student beamed when the audience showered her with plaudits, after the play’s finale.
Meritocracy – a government, based on talent or performance, instead of birthright.
Example: America separated from the British, seeking meritocracy in the government, instead of a monarchy.
Blandishment – persuasion with wiles or flattery.
Example: A little blandishment never hurts when you’re doing a fundraiser.
Arboreal – relating to trees
Example: A rainforest is nature’s arboreal heaven.
Autodidact – a skilled person who is self-taught.
Example: Perry is an autodidact pianist.
Monoculture – growing one kind of crop
Example: Corn farmers are known for their monoculture growing habits.
Aperture – a portal or opening
Example: The aperture in the mine shaft was so narrow, I don’t know how the miners got through it.
Vicissitude – changing a cycle or habit
Example: Seasons’ vicissitude is something we can never escape.
Divination – A strong feeling of intuition or clairvoyance.
Example: The feeling of divination told me that I would get the promotion. It was right.
Hugger-mugger – disarray, clutter; or a covert manner
Example: The man on the corner made me nervous, as he exuded an aura of hugger-mugger.
Verve – high-energy or spirited, lively
Example: The colorful painting instantly added verve to the dull living room.
I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.
Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…
It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision. The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.
Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!