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Visual Vocabulary: Inveigle

Inveigle: Persuade someone to do something by means of deception or flattery. As in, "My friends inveigled me to get on that death trap speed launcher roller coaster at Six Flags and I nearly pooped my pants in terror."

Visual Vocabulary: inveigle, Julie Rado Design

Can you tell I hate roller coasters and have allowed myself to be inveigled into riding them at multiple points in my life to show friends and family that no, I still really don't like them? While I've never pooped my pants in terror, I have cried while waiting in line to ride Superman while simultaneously breaking into a cold sweat and having a panic attack. Note to boyfriends: this is not an effective way to make your girlfriend like you more (not to worry, that one didn't last and I married a man who doesn't like roller coasters either. Match made in chicken squad heaven.)


Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.


Visual Vocabulary: Frisson

Frisson: a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill. As in, "Phyllis knew she really shouldn't be reading 'The Shining' alone, on the dark porch of the remote vacation house, at two o'clock in the morning, but she secretly enjoyed the frisson it gave her."

Visual Vocabulary: frisson, Julie Rado Design

This illustration is based on a true story of my mother reading The Shining at our vacation house sometime in the 1970s. As legend goes, she freaked herself out to the point of staying up all night to finish the book. To be fair, reading up at the lake, in the middle of the night, can be a little freaky-deaky. You're on the porch hearing twigs snapping—is it a raccoon OR A MASS MURDERER? You can't see them, but they can see you! I once slept out on the porch after going to see the Blair Witch Project in the theaters. At the time, I somehow didn't know it wasn't a fake documentary. My reaction was pretty much the same—not much sleep was had that night. The Blair Witch was coming to get me, of course.


Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.