Trivium Pursuit

Charlotte Mason resources for art and music appreciation

May 26th, 2017

Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle - 85%!

This year’s Build Your Bundle sale includes a Charlotte Mason-Inspired Bundle
$319.24 $49.95

This Charlotte Mason-Inspired Bundle contains some exciting “living” history books and resources for art and music appreciation.

The Charlotte Mason-Inspired Bundle contains:


Wayfarers Medieval History – $75.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering
Wayfarers is a full curriculum guide. Each volume contains a schedule with all the assignments listed for preschool through graduation, so your entire family can study the same time period together while you only have one guide to keep your studies organized. Each sample includes the reading lists and the first three weeks of lessons. Each day has a two-page spread, and those two pages show all the assignments for all age groups.

Wayfarers is Charlotte Mason inspired. With a focus on living books, copywork, and narrations instead of textbooks and busywork, Wayfarers provides a rich learning environment to feed the imagination.

Learn more about Wayfarers here.


Quark Chronicles: Anatomy – $15.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering
Quark Chronicles is a literature-based science spine. Children learn the basics of the various branches of science in the context of an exciting adventure story.

Each Quark Chronicles book has an optional set of Notebooking Pages which focus on copywork and narration instead of comprehension questions. The Notebooking Pages also include optional additional reading as well as pages for vocabulary and science experiments.

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The Mystery of History Volume II Audio MP3 (Quarter 1 and 2) – $22.00

Author/Publisher: The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick!

Bring The Mystery of History to life! Through this downloadable audiobook, you can listen to The Mystery of History Volume II (Second Edition*) through the voice of the author, Linda Lacour Hobar.

The set in the Build Your Bundle Sale includes Quarters 1 & 2. When you purchase this product you will get a coupon to purchase Quarters 3 & 4 at a discount.

CHRONOLOGICAL, CHRISTIAN, and COMPLETE – A World History Curriculum for All Ages
The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages.

You can learn more about the book here.


The Mystery of History Volume II – Folderbook (Quarter 1 and 2) – $16.00

Author/Publisher: Bright Ideas Press
The Mystery of History Volume II Folderbooks contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. The folderbooks accompany the The Mystery of History Volume II audiobooks, also found on the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle.

Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned!

Is your family new to the concept of Folderbooks? Folderbooks typically consist of mini-books, attached by tape or glue, to one or more 8.5 X 11 cardstock file folders. The making of these mini-books can be simple or complicated depending on the age and interest of the student. Folderbooks provide a meaningful and enjoyable way to help visual and kinesthetic learners grasp concepts. Graphic organizers present material in a different way than words alone. They help the brain to sort through and organize facts and concepts and tend to be easier to remember than straight prose.

Bright Ideas Press is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Publisher!


Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way – $6.99

Author/Publisher: The Charlotte Mason Way
Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way is the vision of the Charlotte Mason way and will give your children the right elements of education to arrive to self education. Implementing these elements of education will naturally lead to self education, which develops life long learners that are motivated to learn beyond their lessons.

Understand What Self Education Looks Like
This ebook will open your understanding on what self education is and what it looks like, so you can identify it in your own homeschooling journey.

Learn How to Implement Key Elements
From our own journey with the Charlotte Mason way, I share the key elements of her method that lead our children to developing the skills necessary for self education to form.

Prepare Your Child for Life
This ebook gives you the tools necessary to unlock the life skills necessary for a child to become a motivated learner and demonstrate self education for life long benefits.

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Backyard Science – $4.99

Author/Publisher: The Homeschool Scientist
When people think of science, they often think of laboratories, lab coats, and microscopes. The truth is science is everywhere and so much more than chemicals and experiments. In fact, one of the best ways to learn about science is to take the short trip to the backyard.

The backyard offers an opportunity to observe and study animals, plants, weather, soil, rocks, and more! Think of it as your family’s private laboratory and observatory where the science comes to you. It is a safe place to explore, observe, and test.

Use the Backyard Science ebook as a launching pad into the world of science. Catch bugs, build bird feeders, and keep track of rainfall totals. Let your kids see how much fun science can be.

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Nature Study Notebooking Pages – $10.95

This e-set of 293 regular and primary-lined notebooking pages includes a variety of notebooking layouts specifically designed for nature studies. Also includes 100 BONUS Fun Frames and Borders designed for both primary and regular-lined styles!

This set includes 3D Nature Study Notebooking Pages!
Use our 3D mini-book templates with these specially formatted pages.

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Uncover Exciting History – $13.00

Author/Publisher: Golden Prairie Press

History Is Not Boring!
What is history anyway? It is the story of real people who did real things. For history to be fun for everyone (even those who think they hate history), it must go beyond hard facts and meaningless dates to the real people who made the significant events happen. People like George Washington, who bravely crossed the partly frozen Delaware River to attack the British at Trenton. Stories like that of the bold Americans who bravely fought against the Barbary pirates during the little-known Barbary War show how interesting history is.

True History Is Exciting!

Here are some of the stories in this book:

Discover how the U.S. created the Constitution
Experience the miraculous victory at the Battle of New Orleans
Explore America’s expansion west
Uncover one of America’s best weapons used during World War II

In this 184 page book you will meet some of America’s most famous people like George Washington and some of her not so famous people like Daniel Webster. Click here to see the table of contents. There are also four bonus chapters! The first bonus chapter is about famous mothers and the next three are about famous explorers.

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Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel: The Story of Water Music – $9.97

Author/Publisher: Maestro Classics
The Story: When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king’s good graces, he had a brilliant idea… He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I! The music became known as Water Music, one of Handel’s best-loved compositions. In this recording The London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Stephen Simon perform music from Handel’s Water Music, Messiah, and Rinaldo throughout the story. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music was the recipient of a National Parenting Center Gold Award and a Parent’s Choice Silver Award.

Extras: The included 24-page activity booklet contains the history of the harpsichord and organ, words to a sing-along song, information about Handel’s life, puzzles, and more! After purchasing the CD/MP3 download free sheet music for “My Name is Handel”, an accompanying homeschool curriculum guide with lessons in history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math and print out a George Frideric Handel crossword puzzle and coloring page.

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Maestro Classics My Name is Handel Lapbook – $13.00

Author/Publisher: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks
This 3 folder lapbook is especially made to go along with the Maestro Classic’s My Name is Handel. This purchase is for the lapbook only. The Maestro Classics Audiobook is also available in the Charlotte Mason Insipred Bundle.

When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king’s good graces, he had a brilliant idea. He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I. The music became known as “Water Music,” one of Handel’s best-loved compositions.

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A Walk in the Woods – Cursive Copywork – $9.80

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
This copy book of beautiful, picturesque writing set amidst illustrations of natural beauty will delight kids from 4th grade through 12th.

Full of word-picture scenes of the beautiful and interesting things a forest holds. Written by a homeschooling mother and daughter with the goal of giving students ample cursive practice of each letter in the alphabet. On its page each letter is repeated up to 42 times, but in sentences that are sensible yet charming enough kids will gladly do any page twice. Delightful text worth reading aloud as examples of alliteration, with breathtakingly beautiful coloring pages and a special section at the end of illustrated nature craft ideas to try.

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Hymn Unit Study and Copywork Set – $34.95

Author/Publisher: Encouraging Moms At Home
Each of these Hymn Study and Copywork ebooks includes the entire hymn in five line styles for copying, sheet music for the hymn, and an informational summary of the hymn’s history and author. Each product has beautiful line art for coloring if desired.

All Creatures of our God and King includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 59 pages.

Amazing Grace includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 26 pages.

Anywhere with Jesus includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 52 pages.

Be Thou My Vision includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 29 pages.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go includes four verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 31 pages.

Each verse of each hymn is presented in five line styles, and the lines are ALWAYS the same size in each of our different books. Page number varies due to the length of the actual verse and whether or not we can fit each verse on one page with room to copy.

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The Fun Spanish – $14.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House
The Fun Spanish is a fun, beginning Spanish program which teaches Spanish the Charlotte Mason way, one fun phrase at a time.

Elementary children read fun Spanish sentences, write fun Spanish sentences, and draw fun silly pictures to aid in memory retention. With The Fun Spanish children draw pictures of green cats, orange rats, fish in trees, and blue houses with wings.

Verb conjugations included are the following: ser (to be) , estar (to be), tener (to have), vivir (to live), comer (to eat), jugar (to play), saltar (to jump), ver (to see), oír (to hear), dormir (to sleep) and querer (to want).

Besides verb conjugation, prepositions, and a host of vocabulary, children using The Fun Spanish also learn the fundamental structure of Spanish sentences. At one lesson every two weeks, The Fun Spanish is a yearlong program.

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Kind Kids Care A-Z Manuscript Penmanship – $7.25

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications
Delightful illustrations of kind and loving Christian character through copywork about a child’s exemplary behavior, plus Bible verses. Teaches young children in the early grades Christian character through examples of the children told about in the copywork.

Your children will learn how to behave kindly as they copy these pages in manuscript printing on the lines provided. Relevant Bible verses are included on each page, along with very appealing illustrations of kind and thoughtful children.

Pictures are suitable for coloring.

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Baroque and Classical Composers Collection – $14.95

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
Our composer study resources make it easy for you to introduce your children to classical music and composers easily, inexpensively, and without spending a ton of time tracking down the information yourself!

We’ve combed the internet to find the best available resources, reviewed them for their educational value, and have previewed everything to make sure that any potentially objectionable content is known to parents in advance so you can determine appropriateness for your own children.

We have compiled and organized our findings into an easy-to-use single page that includes all links, videos, and information for you, so you can easily get using the materials that best suit your family, without having to do all the legwork to put it together yourself!

Your family will love these videos, fun printables, streaming music, and more. The videos, in particular, are so helpful for pre-readers, dyslexic kids, and others that struggle with reading or shouldn’t read on a screen. The videos also free up mom for other things while the kids are happily learning!

You will love learning about some of the most popular composers of all time in this collection that focuses on the Baroque and Classical eras.

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John James Audubon Fine Art Pages – $5.50

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies
You want to introduce your children to fine art, but lack the time and method for follow-through, right? Fine Art Pages are the answer! These downloadable, printable collections feature one piece of art per page, plus *just enough* information about the piece and the artist. The method is organic: print ’em out, put ’em up. Let your family observe, absorb, and enjoy! It works. And best of all: it doesn’t run on Mom Power!

In John James Audubon Fine Art Pages America’s foremost ornithologist, naturalist, and painter is featured here with 10 printable works of his art. Combine your love of art and nature study with this collection!

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Sacagawea – $4.99

Author/Publisher: Knowledge Quest Inc.
Sacagawea is an interactive historical novel that challenges readers to dig deeper into the true lives of extraordinary individuals AND stretches the idea of how stories themselves are told. Sacagawea is a riveting account and intimate look into the life of one of America’s most beloved women.

Sacagawea makes a great living history book!

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Composer Quotes for Copywork Set – $39.95

Author/Publisher: Encouraging Moms At Home
Enrich your homeschool with copywork while learning about famous composers! Each copywork book includes a collection of quotes in five different line styles illustrated with images from the composer’s life.

Includes copywork for the following composers:

Franz Liszt Quotes for Copywork
Mozart Quotes for Copywork
Bach Quotes for Copywork
Beethoven Quotes for Copywork
Duke Ellington Quotes for Copywork
Aaron Copeland Quotes for Copywork

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Speak what you know, and testify what you have seen

May 26th, 2017

Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon
May 25, Evening

And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem … and they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them. –Luke 24:33-35

When the two disciples had reached Emmaus, and were refreshing themselves at the evening meal, the mysterious stranger who had so enchanted them upon the road, took bread and brake it, made himself known to them, and then vanished out of their sight. They had constrained him to abide with them, because the day was far spent; but now, although it was much later, their love was a lamp to their feet, yea, wings also; they forgot the darkness, their weariness was all gone, and forthwith they journeyed back the threescore furlongs to tell the gladsome news of a risen Lord, who had appeared to them by the way. They reached the Christians in Jerusalem, and were received by a burst of joyful news before they could tell their own tale. These early Christians were all on fire to speak of Christ’s resurrection, and to proclaim what they knew of the Lord; they made common property of their experiences. This evening let their example impress us deeply. We too must bear our witness concerning Jesus. John’s account of the sepulchre needed to be supplemented by Peter; and Mary could speak of something further still; combined, we have a full testimony from which nothing can be spared. We have each of us peculiar gifts and special manifestations; but the one object God has in view is the perfecting of the whole body of Christ. We must, therefore, bring our spiritual possessions and lay them at the apostle’s feet, and make distribution unto all of what God has given to us. Keep back no part of the precious truth, but speak what you know, and testify what you have seen. Let not the toil or darkness, or possible unbelief of your friends, weigh one moment in the scale. Up, and be marching to the place of duty, and there tell what great things God has shown to your soul.

Keep back no part of the precious truth, but speak what you know, and testify what you have seen. --C.H. Spurgeon


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He found me in a waste howling wilderness indeed

May 21st, 2017


John Newton’s Letters

My Dear Friend,

My history is briefly expressed in the following verses:

In a desert land He found him — in a waste howling wilderness. He shielded him and cared for him. He guarded him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them, and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do. I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16

He found me in a waste howling wilderness indeed. He has led me about into a variety of situations, and in them all He watched over me, and kept me as the apple of His eye. When I was blind, He led me in ways which I knew not, and which no mortal could have supposed were likely to bring me where I now am. I was once an utter stranger to the paths of truth and righteousness, but in a wonderful manner He drew and guided me into those holy paths which I had not known. And though my heart is prone to wander, He has kept me with a mighty hand, so that I have not wholly declined from them. How often has He made darkness light before me, and crooked things straight. These things has He done for me, as I am encouraged to hope He will continue to do them, for His promise is, I will never forsake them.

Come magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His holy name together. He has . . .

guided us by His eye,
guarded us along the way,
restored us when wandering,
revived us when fainting,
healed us when wounded,
upheld our souls in adversity,
helped us in all our difficulties, and
comforted and supported us under all our sorrows.



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I feel incredibly loved by you all

May 18th, 2017


Had second appointment with the gynecological oncologist in Peoria yesterday. We discussed the CT scan (CT scans detect tumors larger than 1 cm). She said it looked good, which means there won’t be a second surgery. We will proceed with IP (intra-peritoneal) and IV chemo as soon as the two ports (in chest and in abdomen) are placed. She said we will never know what grade I’m at since there will be no second surgery and she didn’t do the first surgery to check lymph nodes, omentum, etc. We just will assume it is stage 2 or higher. She said the clean CT scan and the CA125 of 35 do not warrant putting me through a second surgery.

IP chemo along with the IV chemo is a rather aggressive approach, but, humanly speaking, using IV chemo alone gives a person less of a chance to live beyond a few years. I’m not afraid to die, and I know that God can heal me with or without chemo, but He gave me a brain to study things, and I believe He has given me the wisdom to apply this knowledge to my situation. This aggressive approach seems to be the way to go for me.

I’ll continue with the regimen of supplements, and once NED (no evidence of disease) is reached, I’ll consider more strict diets/supplements.

As you know, I have a PhD in Worry, so it is amazing that I am floating in peace and calm and have no anxiety. God is hearing the prayers of all my friends and family. I feel incredibly loved by you all.


I always carry an oil can in my pocket

May 18th, 2017

J.R. Miller
Intimate Letters on Personal Problems

There is a good illustration in one of Dr. Parkhurst’s books. He tells of a workman who was in a trolley-car one day. As the door was opened and shut, it squeaked. The workman quietly got up and, taking a little can from his pocket, dropped some oil upon the offending spot, saying as he sat down, “I always carry an oil can in my pocket, for there are so many squeaky things in this world which a little oil will help.”

Dr. Parkhurst applies this to life, saying that love is a lubricant with which we can soften or prevent a great many unpleasant frictions with others if we always have love and will speak the gentle word, the soft word, the kindly word, at the right time. I used the illustration recently in my church in a sermon, and suggested to the people that they all carry oil cans, thus trying to make the world a little sweeter place to live in.

I am not writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. 2 John 1:5

The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:14

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

Love is a lubricant with which we can soften or prevent a great many unpleasant frictions with others. --J.R. Miller


Learn 12th Grade Physics On-Line

May 12th, 2017


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Ron Paul Curriculum 12th Grade Physics

From the instructor, John Hamilton

This will be a course in physics. I will assume that many of the students have gone through my physical science class. While I will teach the course so that a student can understand it without having had a physical science course, that background will help.

I will assume that students are proficient in algebra and know a little bit of trigonometry. I will review the trigonometry that they will need.

I will begin the course with introductory topics and background topics such as the scientific method, measurements and units and definitions of the various fields within physical science.

An understanding of the scientific method is crucial for the students. Before the development of the scientific method, western civilization believed for thousands of years that the world was governed by theories proposed by Aristotle. This method and the thinking that accompanies this will permeate the course.

I will then cover all of the major concepts in classical physics such as the laws of motion, vibrations, optics, electromagnetics, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.

This course focuses on the fundamentals of physics. The course is algebra-based rather than calculus-based. This is normal for high school physics courses in American education.

Unlike typical high school physics courses, this course focuses heavily on not just learning by rote, but on understanding, in a logical and intuitive way, the physical laws involved. Most high school physics courses are taught by teachers with degrees in education and a slight education in science. This course is taught by a former university instructor in physics and physical science, who now teaches university-level engineering courses. Also, I am frequently hired as an expert witness in court cases involving engineering issues. I have the ability to explain things so that juries understand.

The students will also learn sound problem-solving strategies that will serve them well in any STEM courses they choose to take in college. Taking this course may or may not allow students to “CLEP out” of college physics, but it will definitely give them a chance at it with some extra study. It will most certainly make any introductory university physics course much easier.

Students who successfully complete this course will learn “how to learn” science. They will obtain an intuitive and deep grasp of physical and chemical principles that will serve them well in later courses in this curriculum, and will make their college courses in these subjects much easier.

A complete list of the lessons in the course is available for you to see here.

There are five free sample lessons for you to check out the course.

Lesson 1 introduction
Lesson 11 position and change in position
Lesson 14 kinematics
Lesson 23 projectile motion problem solving
Lesson 31 work

More info on the physics course can be found here.


Words to Liven Up Your Vocabulary This Month

May 11th, 2017

• absquatulate = abscond, to leave, especially in a hurry or under suspicious circumstances
• affray = a fight or noisy disturbance in a public place
• anencephalous = congenital absence of part or all of the brain
• argle-bargle = a lively discussion
• batrachomyomachy = (Ancient Greek βάτραχος, frog, μῦς, mouse, and μάχη, battle), a comic epic parodying the Iliad in which a diving frog accidentally drowns a mouse riding on his back, prompting a war between the species.
• cacoëthes scribendi = an uncontrollable urge to write
• defenestrate = to throw something or somebody out of a window
• effulgent = brightness or a brilliant light radiating from something
• ensorcelled = under a spell
• epeolatry = literally, the worship of words
• eristic = argumentative, fond of or characterized by argument or controversy; art of disputing, the skill or practice of debating, especially in a manner involving subtle logic and specious argument; somebody who is an expert or delights in argument or controversy
• extravasate = seep out into tissue, to leak, or cause blood or other fluid to leak, from a vessel into surrounding tissue as a result of injury, burns, or inflammation
• fissiparous = reproduced by fission, describes an organism that reproduces by dividing into two equal parts, each of which grows into a complete organism
• hortatory = urging, encouraging, or strongly advising a course of action to somebody
• kitsch = artistic vulgarity, sentimentality, tastelessness, or ostentation in any of the arts; collectively, decorative items that are regarded as tasteless, sentimental, or ostentatious in style
• (coffee) klatch = informal social gathering, a small social gathering where people drink coffee and engage in casual conversation
• logophilia = the love of words and word games
• machicolation = a projecting gallery on top of a castle wall, supported by a row of arches and containing openings through which rocks and boiling oil could be dropped on attackers; an ornamental row of supported arches that project from a building
• obloquy = censure, statements that severely criticize or defame somebody; a state of disgrace brought about by being defamed
• paean = expression of joy or praise, a written, spoken, or musical expression of enthusiastic praise or rapturous joy
• parvenu = somebody newly rich or influential, somebody who has recently gained wealth or social status but who is still considered as inferior
• poltroon = an offensive term for somebody regarded as a contemptible coward
• portmanteau = a suitcase that opened into two equal sections; a word formed by combining two or more existing words that all relate to a singular concept, a linguistic blend [e.g. smog, from smoke and fog]
• propitious = favorable and likely to lead to success; kindly disposed or gracious
• protean = variable or continually changing in nature, appearance, or behavior; showing great variety, diversity, or versatility
• quotidian = commonplace, of the most ordinary everyday kind; done or experienced on a daily basis
• rodomontade = boastfulness, pretentious, self-important, or self-indulgent boasting, speech, or behavior
• sesquipedalian = characterized by the use of long words; containing a great many letters or syllables
• slubberdegullion = a dirty rascal; scoundrel
• splendiferous = magnificent and wonderful
• supercilious = contemptuously indifferent, full of contempt and arrogance
• Torschlusspanik = literally: gate close panic; the fear that time is running out.
• ubiquitous = existing everywhere at once, or seeming to be
• umbriferous = casting or making shade
• verisimilitude = the appearance of being true or real; something that only appears to be true or real, e.g. a statement that is not supported by evidence
• Zelig = chameleonlike person who is unusually ubiquitous