Thursday, August 19, 2004

propitiate, disabuse, circumspect, obdurate, repudiate

Today is the day of reckoning. Hopefully, at least one of these GRE words in this blog will appear on the GRE. I reviewed the Kaplan flashcards again today. 5 out of 200 most common GRE words still gave me problems, i.e. I couldn't recall the meaning within 10 seconds. These were:

  • propitiate - conciliate, appease, mollify, placate, assuage, paliate
  • disabuse - set right, free from error, exculpate, exonerate (it is not "not to abuse")
  • circumspect - cautious, aware of potential consequences (it is not "to inspect in a circular or circuitous manner")
  • obdurate - intransigent, recalcitrant, unyielding, stubborn
  • repudiate - to reject the validity of, (think "refute")

In keeping with Kaplan's suggestion of relaxing or watching a movie the day before the exam, I went and saw the Tin Hat Trio at Johnny D's club in Davis Square. They are much better live than their records. The violinist, Carla Kihlstedt was awesome. I am a fan of her solo work and her two other bands: Sleepytime Gorilla Musuem and Charming Hostess. I got to talk to her briefly during their set break where she informed me that the next SGM album is due out in October (w00t!). The next Charming Hostess albums are due "anytime soon". They've actually finished recording them a long time ago, however, she doesn't know why it's taking so long to release.

The main force of the Tin Hat Trio is the guitarist, who also acts as the main composer. He plays his guitar palm-muted about 99% of the time - even during his solos - the result is a unique, quirky, playful and percussive sound. I'll definitely see the group again when they come back sometime in October.

Davis Square is a pretty happening place. It was still very alive at 11:30pm. I treated myself to JP Licks ice cream after the concert. Anyone riding the Redline between Central Square and Harvard should check out the "moving ads" outside the window. Very nifty.

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