In any case, the circled words are fairly obscure ... so I amused myself by seeing how many I could correctly define. And, even though I managed to finish Infinite Jest -- yes, even the footnotes and the parts where it gets all 12-Steppy -- as it turns out, I got only five of them right -- that's 22 percent. Damn your genius, David Foster Wallace!
Here are the words with my definitions, if you'd like to play along. (To see the real definitions, highlight the black areas.)
My definition: Half-audible snippets of oratory overheard from outside a cathedral or civic auditorium.
Real definition: Abnormal lack of ability to act or to make decisions.
My definition: A rhetorical appeal to an audience's sense of resigned familiarity.
Real definition: Organisms that live on or in the bottom of a body of water.
My definition: A bulbous forehead.
Real definition: A company of badgers.
My definition: Having both red and white blood cells.
Real definition: Disposed in two vertical rows.
My definition: One who outsources or delegates labor; a manager.
Real definition: A space on a coin, token, or medal usually on the reverse below the central part of the design.
My definition: The cutting edge of a sword or blade.
Real definition: A German style of blackletter.
My definition: Pregnant.
Real definition: Pregnant.
My definition: Having overly porous skin.
Real definition: A pet name, or the use of pet names.
My definition: Inscrutable.
Real definition: Tending to cause discontent, animosity, or envy.
My definition: A lacy collar or shirtcuff.
Real definition: A hut in Mexico and southwestern United States with a thatched roof and walls made of upright poles or sticks covered and chinked with mud or clay.
My definition: Eyeliner.
Real definition: A preparation used especially in Arabia and Egypt to darken the edges of the eyelids.
My definition: One being sued.
Real definition: One to whom a legacy is bequeathed or a devise is given.
My definition: Talkative.
Real definition: Given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth.
My definition: A garment.
Real definition: A fragrant pale yellow essential oil obtained from flowers chiefly of the sour orange and used especially in cologne and as a flavoring.
My definition: A realm of interest.
Real definition: A morsel left at a meal.
My definition: Wealthy.
Real definition: Guilty of a moral offense.
My definition: Bitter; medicinal; curative.
Real definition: Arranged in groups of five.
My definition: A type of symbolic word puzzle.
Real definition: A representation of words or syllables by pictures of objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound; also a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols.
My definition: Regarding; directed toward.
Real definition: Dried perspiration of sheep deposited in the wool and rich in potassium salts.
My definition: A wise leader.
Real definition: A punishment identical to the offense, as the death penalty for murder.
My definition: Subservient.
Real definition: Excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
My definition: An opening beneath a plant exposing its root system.
Real definition: Of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned outward away from the midline of the body to an abnormal degree.
My definition: A conclave of wise elders.
Real definition: An Anglo-Saxon council made up of a varying number of nobles, prelates, and influential officials and convened from time to time to advise the king on administrative and judicial matters.