Notes

Dictionary – words

December 3, 2020
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6 min read

reconnaissance

exploration, discovery.
Think of prototyping as the reconnaissance and intelligence gathering that takes place before a single tracer bullet is fired.
The Pragmatic Programmer

chagrin

feel dismissed or humiliated
The book is in plain text, much to the chagrin of the publisher who wanted us to use a word processor.

semaphore

A semaphore is simply a thing that only one person can own at a time.
Shared resource locking example for opening the pie case by holding an object.

ephemeral

lasting for a very short time - temporary.
Version control allows builds machines to be ephemeral.

shirk

avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
Pragmatic programmers don't shirk from responsibility.

rejoice

feel or show great joy or delight.
Instead, we rejoice in accepting challenges.

accrue

accumulate or receive (payments or benefits) over time.
Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most.

adversity

a difficult or unpleasant situation.
You shouldn't quit in the face of adversity.

obnoxious

extremely unpleasant.
Obnoxious customer.

vilify

speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner.
The next time you're tempted to vilify a particularly obnoxious customer, realize that this failed interaction is the best thing happened to you today.

steep

almost perpendicular.
If you want to be a superstar, then you need to find a field with a steep Dip.

blithely

in a happy or carefree manner.
Optimistic entrepreneurs and employees who blithely wander into a serious business...

afflict

cause pain or trouble.
This malady doesn't afflict just entrepreneurs.

malady

a serious problem, disease or ailment.
This malady doesn't afflict just entrepreneurs.

vividly

in a way that produces powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind.
People recall negative experiences more vividly than positive ones

inherent

existing in something as an essential, permanent or characteristic attribute.
My product has an inherent complexity that cannot be reduced.

instill

gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person's mind.
Instill a sense of trust.

glimpse

a momentary or partial view.
There are studies that provide a glimpse into fundamentals of behavior shaping.

truism

a statement that obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.
Good design principles are not truisms.

heretical

comes from heresy: belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.
Yes, I know it's heretical, but I'm advocating quitting.

frantically

in a hurried, excited, or disorganized manner.
If you aren't frantically underlining, highlighting or taking notes as you read each chapter, I have not achieved my goals for this book.

chasm

a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.
The chasm between developer and entrepreneur.

behemoth

a huge or monstrous creature.
Behemoth if-else expression.

obscure

not discovered or known.

inscrutable

impossible to understand or interpret.
Inscrutable cable-box...

disdain

unworthy of consideration or respect.
Maybe because of quick success, Dreyfuss viewed his work with a mix of pride and disdain.

foible

a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character.
Peoples foibles and limitations

conundrum

a paradoxical problem.
Shed some light on this conundrum.

debilitating

tending to weaken
debilitating impact

bemuse

puzzle, confuse
Norman's books adopt an abiding tone of bemusement.

meticulous

showing great attention to detail.
Barbaric was always a meticulous planner.

chore

a routine task. household, etc.
You might find checking your email to be a chore, while social media feel like a leisure.

hapless

unfortunate person, thing, someone.
An hapless employee sent a nuclear missile warning.

voracious

having a very eager approach to an activity.
Voracious social media users.

resemble

look like.
Some people resemble their dogs.

abhor

regard with disgust, hatred

ostentation

pretentious and vulgar display of wealth.
She abhorred ostentation.

aversion

a strong dislike.

divulge

make sensitive information known.
But while apps may need this information to run their services effectively, they may also profit from the data users divulge.
The Markup: How Private is My Pay App

impromptu

without being planned, organized, or rehearsed.
Email is an impromptu medium, not conductive to slowing down or looking back.

cajole

to persuade.
It must cajole them with freshness.

bleak

not hopeful or encouraging.
I struggled to find meaning in their bleak existence.

ectoplasm

viscous, clear outer layer of the cytoplasm in amoeboid cells.
What holds the ectoplasm together –what are your routines and beliefs?

excruciating

intensely painful (physical pain).
mentally agonizing, embarrassing, awkward or tedious (abstract).

poignant

evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.
A poignant reminder of the passing of time.

voyeur(ism)

a person who enjoys seeing the pain or distress of the others.
And we have all the voyeurism because the characters (whom we're making talk in our fictions) don't know we're listening.

proliferation

rapid increase in the amount of something.
Given the proliferation of quatrefoil, he may been onto something.

ubiquitous

present, appearing, or found everywhere.

coveted

greatly desired or envied.
Whatever the reasons, the simplified quatrefoil has indeed become ubiquitous and coveted, a persisted symbol of luxury and high style.

eschew

deliberately avoid using.
Over the last two decades, all major companies have publicly eschewed narrow self-interest and embraced social purpose.

promulgated

promote or make widely known (an idea or a cause)
The importance of protecting workers and promulgated legions of rules – like no coffee cups without lids.

reassurance

the action of removing someones doubts and fears
Reassurance is futile.