visual vocabulary

Visual Vocabulary: Inure

Inure: Cause to accept or become hardened to, habituate. As in, [MOM AND THE FAINT OF HEART, DONT READ THIS]

Dmitri, it turned out, was remarkably adept at crafting life-like fingers, toes, and sexual organs from basic ingredients. Hed fashion frighteningly realistic severed thumbs—skin rudely shredded on one end, bone fragments made from leek white projecting from the wound—and wed leave these things around for unsuspecting waiters and managers to find. A waiter would open a reach-in in the morning to find a leaking, torn fingertip, Band-Aid still attached, pinioned to a slice of Wonderbread with a frilled toothpick. ....

Eventually, when every member of the staff was thoroughly inured to the sight of a severed, fly-covered penis in the urinal, or finding a bloody finger in his apron pocket, we moved on to even greater atrocities.” —From Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, by Anthony Bourdain

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I'm 2 for 2 on the gory illustrations lately, but I simply couldnt pass this one up. 


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: Pince-Nez

Pince-Nez: spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring. As in, The Dowager Countess was very disappointed in Spratt for bringing her lorgnette when she was clearly in need of her pince-nez. The woman was known for her discerning choices in eyewear.

Visual Vocabulary, pince-nez, Julie Rado Design

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I'm beginning to see I have archetype characters. Saturnine old lady with the lorgnette or the pince-nez. Creepy hirsute cousin of spermaceti guy. And so many with big noses. Can't stay away from a big schnozz. It should probably be my tagline. 


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.

52 Weeks of Visual Vocabulary!

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You guys. It's been 52 weeks since I started posting Visual Vocabulary. (Actually, this week marks 53—I never said math was my forte—plus, it wasn’t as easy as looking back to the one year date since I took a few weeks off here and there for holidays and such.) 

I racked my brain for a while trying to think of a way to celebrate this momentous milestone. We’re going to call it momentous because it’s nothing I have to do for work and no one is counting on it, but I still forced myself to draw a word every week and post it. I thought maybe I could set up some sort of word quiz, so people could play along at home. But then I remembered we all stopped taking vocabulary quizzes in high school and that unless it’s a “Which Game of Thrones Character Are You” quiz on Buzzfeed, most people don’t really consider quizzes a fun diversion for their daily lunchbreak browsing. I even thought maybe if I made it a word bank quiz...or what about a crossword puzzle? But no. That's veering further back into middle school territory. Let’s leave that safely in the past where it belongs (with frizzy hair and enormous glasses and film strips).

So then I had an idea to celebrate by asking people to contribute guest word posts. I felt sort of silly asking people to illustrate a word for my humble speck on the internet, but hey, they agreed! I’m excited to say you get to learn a few new words this week with fun illustrations! Instead of getting a lame vocabulary quiz! Aren’t I the best teacher ever?! The guest illustrations start tomorrow, and I’m so excited to see what everyone does. 

To recap with statistics:
I’ve illustrated 30 nouns, 7 verbs, and 16 adjectives. (Lest you think I can’t add, one of the words could work as both a noun and a verb: bivouac).

My favorite noun illustration: spermaceti (runners up are philistine, bailiwick, riposte—damn I love a good yo mama joke!)

My favorite verb illustration: strafe (I’m probably partial because Scott’s in the strafing copter that could “report the shit out of some traffic”) (the runner up would be ossify)

My favorite adjective illustration: fubsy, but hirsute is a close second. 

What about you guys? Any favorites? They're all at a glance here on Pinterest


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: Barmy

Barmy: informal or slang terms for mentally irregular. As in, "When mom came home from work and put on her magenta toga and started to walk like an Egyptian for no apparent reason, we knew she had gone completely barmy."

Visual Vocabulary: barmy, Julie Rado Design

Apparently, "balmy" can also mean mentally irregular. Tomorrow's forecast? Balmy with a chance of nutjob. Better take your umbrella. 


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 Vacation (just for this week)

Visual Vocabulary is taking a vacation this week, because I was on vacation and too busy doing things that weren't drawing to illustrate a word. Visual Vocabulary will be back next week, and in the meantime, here's a photo from my trip that's probably prettier than anything I would illustrate. Cheers!

Sunset from Niarbyl, Isle of Man

If you want, you can always quiz yourself on the Visual Vocabulary archives