virgule: a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur.
inculcate: to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly.
chiasmus: a reversal in the order of words in two otherwise parallel phrases, as in “He went to the country, to the town went she.”
woolgathering: indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness.
Bildungsroman: a type of novel concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist.
doctrinaire: dogmatic about others' acceptance of one's ideas; fanatical.