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Living in USA for two years, I spend a lot of time watching television. Most programs have captions aiding my understanding. But some words I do not exactly know their meanings at that point.
So I've got a habit that when watching, I carry a pen and name card (well I have too many name cards to spare), record those that I have a instantly feeling that I do not know.
Here comes out a collection of those words, will be updated and added with some words also resourced from web forum where I go a lot.

One thing different of to learn words from TV than from book is that, they are on TV and they are not obsolete they are used now from local speakers.
It's been a great experience doing so....

buster: One that breaks up something
darned: Damned
dimple: A small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, especially in the cheek or on the chin
beret: A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side
sober: Not intoxicated or affected by the use of drugs, opp: drunk

buzzed: To make a low droning or vibrating sound like that of a bee
torpedo: Any of various submarine explosive devices, especially a submarine mine
purr: The soft vibrant sound made by a cat
fingal finger: a contest name from The World Strongest Man
Keg: A small cask or barrel with a capacity of about 30 gallons
whimper: To cry/complain or sob with soft intermittent sounds; whine
funky: Frightened; panicky
sire: Used as a form of address for a superior, especially a king
wilt: To become limp or flaccid; droop
hone: A fine-grained whetstone for giving a keen edge to a cutting tool

posterity: All of a person's descendants
felon: Evil; cruel

duck tape: tape with fiber net of water proof
tarp: water proof cloth
frond: The leaf of a fern
hippo: a hippopotamus
exasperate: To make very angry or impatient
procreate: To beget and conceive (offspring)
untold: Beyond description or enumeration

Triage: A process for sorting injured people into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment. Triage is used on the battlefield, at disaster sites, and in hospital emergency rooms when limited medical resources must be allocated
Blemish: To mar or impair by a flaw
trolley: A small truck or car operating on a track and used in a mine, quarry, or factory for conveying materials
wacky: Crazy; silly
flinch: To start or wince involuntarily, as from surprise or pain
tub: A bathtub
hovel: A small, miserable dwelling

exacerbate: To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of
glen: A valley
wrangle cattle: To herd (horses or other livestock)
abstinence: The act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite, as for food
chastity: The condition or quality of being pure or chaste, Virginity
purge: To remove (impurities and other elements) by or as if by cleansing
backstab: To attack (someone) unfairly, especially in an underhanded, deceitful manner
burst your bubble: distroy your dream, obsession
spew: To vomit or otherwise cast out through the mouth

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