You will have probably, by now, have spotted my semi regular words posts. Where I scribble down words I don’t understand and then type them up, do a bit of Googling to bring all you lovely blog readers their meanings. Here’s 30 more words I’ve recently learnt and, as usual, tell me how many out of 30 you knew. I’m thinking I should start keeping a leaders board or something.
Iridescent – luminous colours
Acerbic – Sharp and forthright
Tinctures – Medicine made by dissolving a drug
Ampule – small, sealed glass capsule
Amethyst – A very pretty pink gem stone.
Cloisters – A covered walk in a convent, cathedral or monestry
Brusquely – Abrupt in speech
Calcifying – harden by decomposition
Siphoning – Draw off a liquid using a siphon. Weirdly I think we’ve had this one before.
Sibilant – making or characterised by a hissing sound, like a whistle
Susurrant – soft whistling or ruffling sound in old English. I wasn’t aware I’d read any old English books but apparently I’ve read many as the word made the list twice.
Porous – little gaps in rocks for air or water
Buttresses – stone or brick built to strengthen a wall
Honorific – Given as a mark of respect but having no actual duties. My university had a cat as it’s president, I think that may have been honorific.
Akimbo – hands on the hips and elbows turned outward. It’s that scowling pose teachers take when your five and didn’t eat your carrot sticks.
Acina – a berry family to which the blackberry belongs. And I don’t mean the phone.
Stalwart – loyal, reliable and hardworking. Well that’s going straight on my CV, bringing down the word count there.
Orator – a skilled public speaker
Derisive – express content or ridicule
Apex – top or highest part of something especially when forming a point like a roof.
Sellsword – mercenary hired to highest bidder.
Assent – expressing approval.
Penchant – a tendancy to do something
Visceras – internals chest organs. I may have got this one from Stalking Jack the Ripper.
Staccato – a music thing where each note is performed far away from the last.
Belied – fail to give a true impression
Taper – gradually lessen the thickness. Like a snake with a pointy tail 🐍
Portent – a warning that a terrible event will occur
Those following this blog for the best part of this year may know that I have a very limited vocabulary. I know, not what you want to read from a blogger. But hey, we’re all here to improve so here are 30 words I’ve recently read in books and just not understood, with complimentary meanings!
Please comment your score, out of 30, so I can see how many words you all knew too! And we can all revel in the learning!
Blini- A Russian pancake that looks so good on Bing images.
Abmonition- A fierce warning
Blouson- Basically a blouse but in jacket form. Imaginative naming there.
Cadence- an inflection of the voice
Modicum- a small bit of something valuable.
Pique- Stiff fabric. Basically anything after I’ve washed it.
Eviscerated- Disembowelled. Funny story, I wrote down this word twice so there was clearly a lot of fancy named disembowelling in this book.
Thresher- A person who separates grain from crops. Not to be confused with Fresher, who occasionally attends lectures.
Boon- A helpful thing
Incongruous- Something out of place in it’s surroundings. Basically me in a club.
Capricious- A sudden change of mood.
Insurrection- A violent uprising against government. How has it taken me this long to find this word in a YA novel?!
Stein- A nice big beer mug. I actually think I knew that…
Mired- Stuck in mud or a splatter of mud.
Expediently- Convenient but often immoral.
Tatterdemalion- This is just a really long word for tattered?! Who invented this thing??
Suture- A stitch. No surprise I didn’t know that one then.
Livery- A type soldier’s uniform.
Bowyer- A person who sells bows.
Philanderer- A man who often enters into casual sexual relations.
Wherewithal- Something, like money, needed for a specific purpose.
Anachronistic- Something from another time. Like seeing a mobile phone in a period drama, I’ve been reliably informed.
Imbibed- Drinking too much.
Incorrigible- A person not reforming their behaviour.
Proclivities- And inclination towards a certain thing.
Some of you veteran readers may remember that I did a post a while back containing 30 words I’d learnt from books. And now I’ve read more books, found more words, and I’m challenging you all again: how many of these 30 new words do you know? Scores in the comments section please!
Chelicerae – Spider pincers… Grim
Sphincter – muscles that guard the stomach or the um… anus…
Panache – a confident manor. Think Jace Wayland.
Palpable – a feeling so intense it’s almost physical
Denuding – strip of coverings or possessions.
Portended – warning of a big event likely to happen ⚠️
Inured – accustom to something unpleasant. Those with siblings will understand 😝
Mullioned – a vertical element that divides windows. I never said these words would be useful
Diaphanous – light, delicate fabric
Chimerical – a mythical animal formed of parts of other animals, like a hypogriff.
Surfeit – a large amount something, the amount of food I’ll eat when it’s free
Maraud – searching for things to steal or attack, and everyone’s favourite map of Hogwarts!
Caroming – strike and rebound. Can you tell I mostly read fantasy?
Amphion – a musician who builds the walls of Thebes in Greek Mythology with his lyre. What a talented guy.
Euphoria – a feeling of intense excitement, like I get everytime I see a Bookshop.
Siphoned – drawing water to flow a certain way.
Countervail – counter something with an equal force. ⚖️
Cadence – an inflection of the voice 🎶
Poignancy – invoking sadness or regret, that feeling you get when you eat too many Easter eggs
Incongruous – not keeping with the surroundings
Cerulean – deep sky blue 🌁
Evanesce – pass out of memory
Allay – put fear or suspicion at rest
Poltroon – an utter coward. Aka me.
Stupefaction – the state of being stupefied. If you don’t know what that means it’s explained visually in the first Harry Potter film.
Samovar – a highly decorated tea urn used in Russia. Not quite sure which book this came from🤔
Opulent – pretentiously costly, like Dominoes pizza
Esoteric – something intended for a small group of people with specialist knowledge. Had a few university classes that match that definition…
Coquetry – flirtatious behaviour
Lacquer – an alcohol based liquid that makes a great varnish