"peruse" is contranym, one of those rare words that has skewed over time to have two opposing meanings:

1. to study carefully, or read completely.
2. to browse, skim, or glance over.

A similar shift ocurred with the word "scan", which means these two words make a synonym pair, including along their contradictory axis. 🤯

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peruse

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Word 18:

"""
peruse

(verb) to examine or consider with care; to read completely; to look over casually;
"""

Holmes while exposing an art gallery as a front organization, in Elementary:

> Holmes: Uh, do you mind if we peruse? Huge fans of the neo-deconceptualists.
> Fabiana: Sure. - Holmes: Thank you. […]
> Watson: Neo-deconceptualists? Not a thing!
> Holmes: I know, but don't tell Fabiana, it might crush her..

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/peruse

Word 17:

"""
carry a tune (verb, idiomatic)

To sing or otherwise produce music with accurate pitch.
To sing well.
"""

The opposite (can't carry a tune) means someone can't sing a the melody very well, oft with humorous exaggeration applied. Such as in this scene, from The Time Traveler's Wife:

> Henry: I can't sing, […] not like you.
> Henry: Dad says I can't carry a tune in a wheelbarrow.
> Mom: Dad was joking. I love your voice. We both love your voice.

"The bored boarder boarding up the boarder, for boarder boarders on the border."

(It's okay, I didn't get each word either..)

From a sketch written by Julie Nolke:
youtu.be/Rus_3VjMf0s

Word 16:

????????
An adjective pronounced /ə-ˈpȯld/, akin to "ehpault".
Example: "Irene was ???????? by the proposal."

Let's try to look this up:

- ⚠️ uphold – should've been upheld? 🤔 or...
- ❌ uphauled? – to haul, U-Haul? 🚚
- ❌ uphaul
- ❌ apaul – Hi Paul! 👋
- ❌ apauled
- ❌ appauld – Did you mean "applaud"?
- ❌ apoled
- ❌ appolled
- 🛎 APPALLED 🎉

"""
appalled (adjective)

- affected by feelings of shock, dismay, or dread.
- shocked, horrified by something unpleasant.
"""

Word 15 (continued, end):

In the 1700s, Benjamin Franklin experimented with electricity. He hooked up several Leyden jars, to accumulate static electricity in a glass bottle. He referred to these as a "battery", consisting of "eleven panes [of] glass, armed with thin leaden plates".

In review:
- to beat
-> hit with heavy artillery
-> set of idle artillery
-> set of anything
-> set of Leyden jars storing energy
-> anything storing energy.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric

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Word 15:

"""
battery (noun)

The unlawful striking of a person.

A collection of heavy artillery.

A device storing energy to convert to power.
"""

Could these be related?

"battery" came from Old French, and Latin "battuo" meaning to beat or hit. (e.g. in law, assault and battery).

This Latin root also entered English as "batter" (mixture in baking), and "batterie" (apparent leg-hitting in dancing).

Next: What about that heavy artillery?

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/battery

Word 14:

"""
precipice

(noun) A very steep cliff; A crag; An overhanging mass of rock.
(noun) The brink of a dangerous situation.

From Latin "praecipitium" (a steep place).
"""

This is oft used poetically for dramatic effect. Albeit cliché, I still enjoy its use. From The Day The Earth Stood Still (film):

> It's only on the brink of destruction that humanity can find the will to change, only at the precipice do we evolve!

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/precipi

Word 13:

"""
martyr

(noun) One who willingly accepts death for adhering to religious beliefs, notably saints.

(noun) One who sacrifices their personal comfort, or something of great value, out of principle.

From the Ancient Greek "mártus", meaning witness.
"""

In The Mentalist, where Jane is comforting a guest:

> Guest: Is this some good cop/bad cop thing?
> Jane: […] You needn't be a martyr. Take the pillow.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyr#M
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/martyr#

Word 12:

"""
volition

(noun) The mental power or faculty of choosing; the will;

From the Latin "volitiō" (to wish, intend), and the Proto-Germanic "walą" (to choose), like the German "Wahl" (choice).
"""

Example from IT Crowd, after Moss is literally dragged in to deal with a spider:

> Moss: Oh, look, it seems to have left of its own volition.

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/volitio

Word 10:

"""
allay

(transitive verb) To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm.

(transitive verb) To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate.

From the German "erlegen".
"""

From a Warehouse 13 scene, where Pete's worried about Myka:

> Pete: So.. we're all good?
> Myka: Pete...
> Pete: Sorry, but, saying my name does not allay my fears.

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

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

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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