Why should you read Sylvia Plath? - Iseult Gillespie

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To wink is to indicate that you understand something without actually saying anything. You might wink at someone when you know that they are going to ask you a difficult question.

  • He winked at me when he saw that I was lost.
  • She winked at me when she saw that I was wearing her favorite dress.

To plop something is to place it down suddenly and without warning. When you plop a laptop down on the desk, you're not going to get a good response if it's not in the right position.

  • He plopped his laptop down on the table without warning.
  • She plopped her purse down on the ground without looking.

drafty is an adjective that is used to describe something that is cold and uncomfortable. The air in the room is drafty, and it's cold and uncomfortable.

  • The room was drafty and cold, which made it difficult to stay warm.
  • The house is drafty, and the windows are always closed because it's so cold in there.

To clump is to form a mass or bunch together. When you clump together, you make a lot of noise.

  • The flowers are clumped together because of the cold weather.
  • The snow is clumping together because it's wet.

Snobby is a word that is used to describe people who are too judgmental and who think that they are better than others. They often think that they know better than other people, and they are not willing to listen to other people's opinions.

  • The snobby girl was not interested in hearing my opinion.
  • The snobby couple was not happy to see us.

Unflinching means fearless. When you are unflinching, you don't care about the consequences of your actions.

  • He was unflinching in his pursuit of the thief.
  • The soldiers were unflinching in their fight against the enemy.

When you have a feeling of foreboding, you are afraid that something bad is going to happen. You might feel this way about a situation, or you might feel this way about the future.

  • The feeling of foreboding was clear in the way he was walking.
  • The feeling of foreboding was clear in the way she was talking.

To crucify someone is to put them on a cross and to hurt them in other ways as they are being crucified. The Romans used to crucify people as a way to punish them for their crimes.

  • He was crucified for his crimes.
  • The protesters were crucifying the police officers.

The word inexpressible means that you can't find a word that accurately describes what you're feeling. When you can't find a word to describe your feelings, it's usually because you're feeling very emotional.

  • He was feeling inexpressible sadness after his dog died.
  • The feeling of inexpressible love is one that you can't explain.