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Word Power: How Artful Is Your Vocabulary?

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[slide title=”1. What does "graphic" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/graphic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_1″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: clearly pictured<br>B: sculpted of marble<br>C: roughly composed” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”1. Graphic means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/graphic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_3″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[A] clearly pictured. 
The depiction of the embrace was 
a little too <i>graphic</i> for me.<br><br>Next: <i>canon</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”2. What does "canon" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/canon.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_5″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: string of images. <br>B: standard for evaluation. <br>C: negative review.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”2. Canon means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/canon.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_7″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] standard for evaluation. Monet’s works are certainly the <i>canon</i> by which to measure other Impressionist paintings.<br><br><br>Next: <i>symmetry</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”3. What does "symmetry" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/symmetry.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_9″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: framing and matting<br>B: balanced proportions<br>C: imitation” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”3. Symmetry means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/symmetry.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_11″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] balanced proportions. Ever the jokester, Dean asked, “When Picasso looked in the mirror, was his face all out of <i>symmetry</i> too?”<br><br><br>Next: <i>cartography</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”4. What does "cartogrophy" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cartogrophy.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_13″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: mapmaking<br>B: painted 
wagons<br>C: traveling exhibits” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”4. Cartography means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/cartogrophy.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_15″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[A] mapmaking. No need to test my <i>cartography</i> skills when I’ve got a GPS in the car.<br><br><br>Next: <i>panoramic</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”5. What does "panoramic" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/panoramic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_17″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: of film artistry<br>B: shown 
in miniature<br>C: sweeping” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”5. Panoramic means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/panoramic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_19″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[C] sweeping. Eric and Christine were overwhelmed by the photo’s <i>panoramic</i> proportions.<br><br><br>Next: <i>opaque</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”6. What does "opaque" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/opaque.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_21″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: deceptive<br>B: not transparent<br>C: molded in plaster” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”6. Opaque means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/opaque.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_23″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] not transparent. 
Notice the <i>opaque</i> colors he chose for the backdrop.<br><br><br>Next: <i>juxtapose</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”7. What does "juxtapose" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/juxtapose.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_25″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: sit for a portrait<br>B: render 
precisely<br>C: place side by side” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”7. Juxtapose means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/juxtapose.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_27″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[C] place side by side. Now that you’ve <i>juxtaposed</i> the photos, I agree—they’re not at 
all alike.<br><br><br>Next: <i>kinetic</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”8. What does "kinetic" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kinetic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_29″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: copied identically<br>B: showing movement<br>C: picturing countryside” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”8. Kinetic means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kinetic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_31″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] showing movement. I thought someone was behind me, but it was a particularly <i>kinetic</i> statue.<br><br><br>Next: <i>kitschy</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”9. What does "kitschy" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kitschy.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_33″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: in a collage<br>B: tacky<br>C: macraméd” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”9. Kitschy means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kitschy.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_35″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] tacky. Leo thinks anything that isn’t Rembrandt is 
just <i>kitschy</i>.<br><br><br>Next: <i>baroque</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”10. What does "baroque" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/baroque.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_37″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: highly ornamented<br>B: plain in style<br>C: traditional” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”10. Baroque means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/baroque.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_39″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[A] highly ornamented. Alex’s <i>baroque</i>-inspired sketches were criticized for being too busy.<br><br><br>Next: <i>manifesto</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”11. What does "manifesto" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/manifesto.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_41″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: statement of principles<br>B: gallery opening<br>C: watercolor technique” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”11. Manifesto means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/manifesto.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_43″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[A] statement of principles. Art <i>manifestos</i> often come across as pretentious and superior.<br><br><br>Next: <i>avant-garde</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”12. What does "avant-garde" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/avantgarde.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_45″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: retro<br>B: scandalous<br>C: cutting-edge<br><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”12. Avant-garde means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/avantgarde.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_47″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[C] cutting-edge. Holly dropped out of school to join an <i>avant-garde</i> painting troupe.<br><br><br>Next: <i>aesthetics</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”13. What does "aesthetics" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/aesthetics.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_49″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: acid engravings<br>B: pleasing 
appearance<br>C: works in the 
outdoor air” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”13. Aesthetics means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/aesthetics.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_51″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[B] pleasing appearance. Ironically, Joziah’s darker 
portraits most accurately captured the <i>aesthetics</i> of the city.<br><br><br>Next: <i>anthropomorphic</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”14. What does "anthropomorphic" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/anthropomorphic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_53″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: of cave art<br>B: made from clay<br>C: humanlike” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”14. Anthropomorphic means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/anthropomorphic.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_55″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[C] 
humanlike. The artist combined 
everyday street items into an 
<i>anthropomorphic</i> figure. <br><br><br>Next: <i>analogous</i><br>” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”15. What does "analogous" mean?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/analogous.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_57″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”A: shapeless<br>B: made of wood<br>C: having a likeness” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”15. Analogous means…” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/analogous.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_59″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”[C] having a 
likeness. Right now, my brain is 
<i>analogous</i> to that flat, empty canvas.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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[slide title=”How did you do?” url=”https://www.rd.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/02-word-power-results-sl.jpg” option_selected=”image_url_61″ template_option=”half_wdth_template_slide” embed=”” credit=”” desc=”If you scored 9 and below, you’re a light sketcher. Between 10 and 12, you’re a more skilled artisan; 13 to 15 makes you an old master. <b>More word power:</b> When people save tickets, clippings, or menus&mdash;items intended to last only briefly but often placed in scrapbooks&mdash;they are collecting <b>ephemera</b> (from the Greek <i>ephemeros</i>, "lasting a day"). Such items may not have been made by artists, but over time they acquire value for their place in history. And a cultural trend that passes away quickly is considered <b>ephemeral</b>.” seotitle=”” seokeyword=”” seodesc=”” ]
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Originally Published in Reader's Digest