There are 51 words total, with one of them, "imminent," repeated. My best guess is that the post-it noter was a high school student and assigned to read a book, find 50 words she didn't know, and look them up in the dictionary. However, i can't believe that someone who didn't know the word "fiscal" or found "papal" somehow difficult could get through fifty pages of Emotionally Weird. However, if it was a student who was only pretending to read the novel, why did she stop at page 58? She may as well have cited words towards the end, extending the lie as though she read the whole thing.
Alternatively, rather than for an assignment, perhaps the post-it noter was making a bold linguistic statement on the dichotomy of context between words when viewed within a novel versus when viewed individually. Perhaps the covertly enigmatic avante-garde enthusiast was penning short little poems, deconstructing the text which is itself informed by deconstruction.
Perhaps i need to get a life so i have something that's verisimilarly interesting to post about.