I recently finished reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick which was the inspiration for the movie Blade Runner. My brother and I had wanted to watch Blade Runner (since Harrison Ford is in it and he’s pretty awesome) but our parents had said no because it’s rated R. So I decided to read the book instead.
Now I know why the movie would be rated R.
The book was amazing, and I could probably start a whole new blog about the different sci-fi elements and the way Philip Dick crafted them together, but right now I just wanted to share a little about the words. Because there were a lot of word in this book that I didn’t know.
That’s one of my favorite things about sci-fi books. Since I’m not the target audience, the vocabulary can be a little more challenging. The plot is often more mature as well, which sometimes is a mistake, but that’s when skimming comes in handy.
Anyway, here is a list of words from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? that I didn’t know:
Austere–severe, strict in manner, or unassumingly plain
Ubiquity–the state of being everywhere all the time
Kipple–slang used in Do Androids Dream? meaning junk or trash
Vacuity–the state of being without contents, or the absence of thought or intelligence
Cogitated–to think hard, ponder
Ersatz–serving as a substitute, synthetic, artificial
Acuity–sharpness, acuteness, keenness
Sagacity–acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment
Bucolic–of or relating to shepherds
Acridly–sharp or biting to the taste or smell,
Turgid–swollen or inflated and pompous
Disemelevatored–to disembark from an elevator
Cadaverous–of or like a corpse, pale, ghastly
Succinctly–expressed in a few words, concise, terse
Cephalic–of or relating to the head, situated or directed towards the head
Laconically–using few words, expressing much in few words
Stentorian–very loud or powerful in sound
Tautly–tightly drawn, tense, not slack
Nattily–neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance, spruce
Mawkishly–characterized by sickly sentimentality, Weakly emotional
Hoary–gray or white with age