The Past We Can Never Return To – The Anthropocene Reviewed

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To hollow out is to make something hollow, to make it have a hole or a space inside. When you hollow out a tree, you make a hole in it so that you can get at the wood inside.

  • The tree was hollowed out by the wind.
  • The tree was hollowed out by the woodpecker.

Splayed is a word that is used to describe something that is spread out or open. When something is splayed out, it is open and exposed.

  • The victim was splayed out on the ground.
  • The flowers were splayed out on the ground.

Frostbite is a condition in which the skin becomes cold and stiff because of exposure to freezing temperatures. It can happen to anyone, even people who are wearing clothes.

  • He was frostbitten while he was out in the cold.
  • The frostbitten finger needed to be cooled and protected.

When something is stenciled, it is marked or decorated with a pattern or design. The patterns are usually made with a thin layer of paint or ink.

  • The walls were stenciled with the school's mascot.
  • The shirt was stenciled with the school's colors.

Theorized is a verb meaning to say that something is probably true. You might theorize about what might have happened in the past, or what might happen in the future.

  • The police theorized that the suspect was involved in the crime.
  • The scientist theorized that the new vaccine is safe.

Lichens are a type of fungus that grows on rocks and trees. They are often brightly colored, and they are very interesting to look at.

  • Lichens are a type of fungus that grows on rocks and trees.
  • Lichens are a type of fungus that grows on rocks and trees.

When somebody leaves their handprints in the mud, they are demonstrating their presence. They are also telling the person who made the handprints that they were there.

  • The footprints in the mud show that the person was there.
  • The handprints in the mud show that the person was angry.

When somebody leaves their handprint on something, they have left a physical evidence of their presence there. This can be anything from a fingerprint to a footprint.

  • The police found the handprint on the door.
  • The handprint was left on the glass door.

Poetically means in a beautiful or romantic way. When you say that something is poetically beautiful, you mean that it is full of beauty and emotion.

  • The sunset was poetically beautiful.
  • The speaker described the event poetically, which made it seem even more beautiful.