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It occured to me that some people may wonder about the dates assigned to particular words. Basically, words make my list when they seem to be everywhere in my life or particularily applicable at a certain time. I started adding words to the list after I paid attention to them so for some I don't remember the date or year. But the date isn't nearly as important as the word so that's ok.

April 30th
excelsior :: taken from Sci-fi weekly April 28 issue 2008
1 : upward and onward to great glory
"...you have to have a big, almost unabridged dictionary to have this listed as the second meaning. It's an old English expression which means upward and onward to great glory...The word is a beautiful word, and the nice thing about it is it's the one word that the competition never copied from me, because they probably didn't know what it meant and couldn't spell it."
 - Stan Lee

July 21st
portend :: Etymology: Middle English, from Latin portendere, from por- forward + tendere to stretch
1 : to give an omen or anticipatory sign of
2 : indicate, signify

April 17th
shazam :: taken from Sci-fi weekly April 17 issue 2006
1 : an acronym for six gods and heroes of the ancient world as well as their attributes: the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury.

Early Winter 2006
vestige :: Etymology: French, from Latin vestigium footstep, footprint, track, vestige
1 : a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something...vanished or lost

July 2005
droll :: having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality

dour :: Etymology: Middle English, from Latin durus hard
1 : stern,harsh
2 : obstinate, unyielding
3 : gloomy, sullen

the Spring of 2003
ver·nac·u·lar :: 1 : using a language or dialect native to a region or country rather than a literary, cultured, or foreign language
2 : applied to a plant or animal in the common native speech as distinguished from the Latin nomenclature of scientific classification

no·men·cla·ture :: 1 : name, designation
2 : a system or set of terms or symbols especially in a particular science, discipline, or art

After the release of LOTR:Fellowship
inane :: 1 : empty, insubstantial
2 : lacking significance, meaning, or point

January 20th
tran·sient :: 1 : passing especially quickly into and out of existence
2 : affecting something or producing results beyond itself

November 3rd
imp :: Date: before 12th century :: a mischievous child
I conjure something more of small mystical creatures that are both playful and irreverent. Something impish

ir·rev·er·ent :: lacking proper respect or seriousness

October 15th
in·sip·id :: 1 : lacking taste or savor
2 : lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge

October 2nd
im·bue :: 1 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing <the spirit that imbues the new constitution>
2 : to tinge or dye deeply

September 13th
ple·be·ian :: one of the common people

July-ish
pleth·o·ra :: 1 : literally, fullness, to be full, excess or abundance
2 : a bodily condition characterized by an excess of blood and marked by turgescence and a florid complexion

myr·i·ad :: countless, a great number

Earlier than that...
ex·san·gui·na·tion :: drained of blood, the action or process of draining or losing blood

evis·cer·ate :: to take out the entrails of, to deprive of vital content or force