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Word 10:


(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.

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.

Word 8:


(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.

Word 7:


(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.

Word 6:


(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...

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.


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.


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!


Word 3:


(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.

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.


(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!".

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