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Adam West (1928-2017) Tribute List

June 10, 2017
Adam West died on June 9, 2017 at the age of 88. He will forever be associated with his role as Batman in the TV series which aired from 1966-1968. For those who didn't read comics, he was their first exposure the Caped Crusader, and although the series was silly, West always gave the impression he was in on the joke. In recent years West found great success playing himself on Family Guy. Here are eleven vocabulary words taken from quotes from Batman, as well as a few reflections from West himself.
ignominiously
Batman: I did think it would all end differently, somehow less ignominiously. To drown in my own anniversary cake!
trajectory
Batman, analyzing a bullet in the wall: Judging from the trajectory of the angle, and figuring the wind at six knots per hour north by northeast as per this morning's weather report...X times six squared... over... logarithm of that... yes! You see? It came from that room on that floor!
alimentary
Robin: Batman, look! What skinny macaroni!

Batman: No, it's spaghetti, Robin. A variety of alimentary pasta, larger than bernachelli but not as tubular as macaroni.
phonetics
Robin: Ghoti is fish?
Batman: See here. English phonetics. GH becomes F, as in tough or laugh. O becomes I as in women. TI becomes SH as in ration or the word nation.
chaperone
Bruce: Yes, I think I should be running along as well, Barbara. Uh, it wouldn't be proper for the two of us to be here alone in your apartment without a chaperone.
rehabilitate
Batman: I'll do everything I can to rehabilitate you.
Catwoman: Marry me.
Batman: Everything except that.
teeming
Batman: That’s not the point, Robin. What’s important is that the world know that all visitors to these teeming shores are safe, be they peasant or king.
repellent
Batman: Hand me down the shark repellent Bat-Spray!
tenacity
If you hang around long enough, they think you're good. It's either my tenacity or my stupidity, I'm not sure which.
- Adam West
absurd
When I was a kid, I read comics. But when I saw how funny it was, and how wonderfully absurd, I said, "You know, I gotta do this."
- Adam West
integral
Dick: Sorry, I'm not interested in dance lessons.
Bruce: Wait a minute, Dick. The junior prom's coming up, isn't it?
Dick: Yes, but...
Bruce: Well, we don't want you to be a wallflower, do we? Dancing is an integral part of every young man's education.
Dick: Gosh Bruce, you're right.

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