etymology question 

Why does bespectacled mean you are wearing spectacles but beheaded means you're not wearing a head?

Word 9:

"""
dance card

(noun, archaic) A card on which a young woman listed those she had agreed to dance with.

(noun, figuratively) Appointment schedule.
"""

From Person of Interest, when Root gets word that The Machine has detected more threats than ever before:

> Finch: Is there a problem?
> Root: I gotta go, Harry. My dance card just got full.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_ca
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dance_c

Word 8:

"""
wryly

(adverb) in a wry manner; in a way that expresses dry, especially mocking, humour.
"""

From the Veronica Mars (film) script by Rob Thomas:

> Buckley regards her male counterparts, smiles wryly before turning back to Veronica.

wordnik.com/words/wryly
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wryly

Word 7:

"""
androgynous

(adjective) Possessing qualities of multiple gender stereotypes; Being neither distinctly masculine nor feminine in one's appearance, or behavior.
"""

From Portraits of an Icon, by Helen Trompeteler:

> Hepburn had a legendary style that appeared simple, achievable [and] even androgynous, […] Such qualities enabled her to push against the gender expectations of her time.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/androgy
bbc.co.uk/culture/article/2015

Word 6:

"""
indigent

(adjective) Experiencing want or need; impoverished; being in need of help from others; destitute;
"""

From Andrew Solomon's TED talk about the shared secret of depression:

> The [misguided] notion that, somehow, if we treated a lot of people in indigent communities, that that would be exploitative because we would be changing them...

wordnik.com/words/indigent
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/indigen

em-dash, nytimes 

> A clause set off by em dashes is like dropping underwater while swimming breaststroke — just a quick dip before popping back to the sentence’s surface. A parenthetical clause is more like diving down to the pool bottom to pick up a coin.

daringfireball.net/linked/2020

nytimes.com/2020/07/06/opinion

devilment

Word 5:
"""
(noun) reckless mischief; devilish action or conduct.
"""

Captured from The IT Crowd Manual (behind the scenes):

> Graham Linehan (writer): I wish I'd done more of.. meeting the boys' sense of devilment.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/devilme
wordnik.com/words/devilment

swooning

Word 4:
"""
(verb) to faint or be overwhelmed by emotion; especially as result from infatuation.
"""

A scene from Rizzoli & Isles:
> Detective Rizzoli: I've never seen you like this. You're swooning!

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/swoon
wordnik.com/words/swoon

rebuke

Word 3:

"""
rebuke

(noun) an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism

(verb) express sharp disapproval or criticism of someone because of their behavior or actions
"""

I noted this scene from another Elementary episode.

> Holmes: I’ve given further consideration to your rebuke regarding my capacity for niceness.
> Watson: I didn’t mean it as a rebuke. I was trying to have a conversation.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/rebuke
wordnik.com/words/rebuke

to thine own self

"""
(proverb) be true to yourself, do not engage in self-deception.
"""

Word 2:
I noted this from a scene of Elementary (TV series).

> Watson: "No one can accept something like that forever."
> Holmes: "To thine own self, Watson."

Its not uncommon for the Holmes character to utter such rich and poetic language. Its one of my favourite series.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/to_thin

embezzle

"""
(verb) steal or misappropriate money that was placed in one's trust, especially to steal money from the organisation for which one works.
"""

Word 1:
I first took note of "embezzle" while watching Homeland (TV series) back in 2013, where Saul says "Whose name you used to embezzle more than $45 million!".

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/embezzl
wordnik.com/words/embezzle

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