A Vocabulary Lesson from Alexander Hamilton

I found it. My latest, greatest, newest obsession. HAMILTON!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you are also obsessed (currently or previously) then you know what I’m talking about- it’s just AMAZING. If you haven’t listened to it yet, then WHAT ARE YOU DOING? WHY ARE YOU WAITING? JUST LISTEN ALREADY!!! Actually, just listen to this one song real quick and then just keep listening to the other ones…

I seriously can’t stop listening to the ENTIRE cast album. Over and over. Non stop. In the car. In my apartment. While I work out. On the bus. It still hasn’t gotten old and so I just keep rolling with it!

Don’t know what it is? Well, it’s a hip-hop musical about the American baller named Alexander Hamilton. I know, it sounds weird, and parts of it are, but in the best way! I mean, they are rapping about the American financial system and the Revolutionary War and George Washington is there and you’re singing but you’re also LEARNING. Seriously, my knowledge of the founding fathers and the revolutionary war has gone up about 600% since listening and reading the annotated lyrics. It’s not all rap, though. There are some killer Broadway songs (like Wait For It above), amazing harmonies, and people singing notes that I can’t even pretend to hit. Work.

One of my favorite things about Hamilton, however, is the WORDS that the writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, uses in his songs. They are no joke! I mean, he does not dumb this down, people! I have learned a few new words and buffed up my vocabulary in the process. Here are some of my favorite words used throughout Hamilton that made me say “wow- how did THAT get put into a musical?!? That’s awesome!”

bursar

in loco parentis

manumission

rabble

modulate

venerated

dollop

askance

peach fuzz

insidious

inimitable

quagmire

ruffians

diuretic

reticent

cuckold

diametrically

acquitted

vacuous

dissidents

protean

obfuscates

amoral

equivocate

 I mean- don’t you just feel smarter after having READ those words? Now think of how smart you’ll be while SINGING those words. So go, listen, learn, and enjoy!!

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