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I recently discovered a magazine entitled Bookmarks. It’s all about, well, books. It’s a bimonthly with lists of new books (fiction and non-fiction), some reviews, some interviews and features. I find it well written and now that I’m more conscious of new words (thank you Kathy) I noticed a few I will share with you. These were all taken from an article by Jessica Teisch featuring the writer Tom Wolfe.
- glistering means sparkle or glitter as in: “In its depiction of simmering racial tensions amid a glistering, dissolute New York . . “
- zeitgeist means the defining spirit or mood of a particular period in history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time as in: ” . . . big important novels that captured the zeitgeist.”
- ziggurat comes from ancient Mesopotamia and refers to a rectangular tower, sometimes surrounded by a temple as in “. . . these men needed the right stuff – the capacity to triumph over “a seemingly infinite series of tests . . . a dizzy progression of steps and ledges,a ziggurat, a pyramid extraordinarily high and steep;”
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I’ve been reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. (I reviewed it yesterday.) For such a light, easy-reading book, it sure had a lot of big words in it. I copied down quite a few but am only sharing a few with you. I don’t want to make your head bulge.
- enigmatical – difficult to understand as in “. . . and I dreamed that night of that enigmatical woman . . .”
- physiognomy – a person’s facial features or expression as in “His physiognomy underwent a complete change.”
- jocosely – playful or humorous as in “And he leered more jocosely than ever.”
- sagacity – wisdom, cleverness as in “Still, I had a great respect for Poirot’s sagacity — except on the occasions when he was what I described to myself as “foolishly pig-headed.”
If you enjoy watching for new words as you read, you may want to play along with this new weekly meme over at Bermuda Onion. For more go here.
Kathy at Bermuda Onion is sponsoring a weekly meme featuring the new words we come across in our reading. I’m going to join in today with a couple of words I learned this week.
- Detritus – as in “. . . strung from end to end with the detritus of a thousand teenage beer and reefer parties. . .” Detritus means waste or debris of any kind. This was in Montana Creed – Logan by Linda Lael Miller. (Yes, Romance novels can have big words too.)
- Somnambulant – as in “. . . or of the somnambulant governmental establishment that presided over the catastrophe.” Somnambulant means sleepwalking. I found this on the New York Times Opinion page in a Frank Rich column. (Yes, I can read both the NY Times and Romance novels.)
What new words have you noticed lately? To join in visit here.