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Week 3: Vocabulary

Originally posted Feb. 12, 2010 to bolanobolano.com

capricious governed or characterized by caprice : impulsive, unpredictable
charreada the original rodeo developed in Mexico based on the working practices of charros or working hands
Chicano an American and especially a man or boy of Mexican descent
chilaquiles a traditional Mexican dish of tortillas, salsa, eggs or chicken, cheese, sour cream, and refried beans
coquetry a flirtatious act or attitude
corrido a popular narrative song and poetry form, a ballad, of Mexico
Cuba Libres is a highball made of Cola, lime, and white rum
epistolary contained in or carried on by letters
flagellants a person who scourges himself or herself as a public penance
grandiloquently a lofty, extravagantly colorful, pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
lassitude a condition of weariness or debility : fatigue
limpet one that clings tenaciously to someone or something
lintel a horizontal architectural member spanning and usually carrying the load above an opening
maquiladores a foreign-owned factory in Mexico at which imported parts are assembled by lower-paid workers into products for export
mezcal a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey or agave plant that is native to Mexico
munificent characterized by great liberality or generosity
onomatpoeic the naming of a thing or action by a vocal imitation of the sound associated with it (as buzz, hiss)
orography a branch of physical geography that deals with mountains
proscenium the part of a modern stage in front of the curtain
serape a colorful woolen shawl worn over the shoulders especially by Mexican men
socratic of or relating to Socrates, his followers, or his philosophical method of systematic doubt and questioning of another to elicit a clear expression of a truth supposed to be knowable by all rational beings
solicitude attentive care and protectiveness
virile energetic, vigorous

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