Many of you may have seen a similar type of posting on several book and author blogs. The idea is to find words you aren’t very familiar with and learn their meanings.
These are new words I discovered in my reading this past week. Although I already know most of them, it was fun looking them up and thinking about other ways they could be used.
The words I chose are from the book “A Wallflower Christmas” by Lisa Kleypas. Because this book takes place in 1845 London, these were very unique words I don’t typically find in books I read.
Acerbically = sharp, bitter or harsh in temper, language, etc.
Asperity = harshness or sharpness of temper
Audacious = rudely bold, brazen
Bergamot = a pear-shaped inedible fruit of a small evergreen tree; the oil is used in perfumes
Cravat = a neckerchief or scarf
Ester = an organic compound, comparable to inorganic salt
Felicitous = aptly chosen, appropriate
Fezziwig ball = lively Christmas party in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
French biologist Lamarck = his theory of organic evolution claimed acquired characteristics can be inherited
Insouciantly = calm, untroubled, carefree, indifferent
Morose = ill-tempered, gloomy, sullen
Obsequious = showing too great a willingness to follow
Paragon = model or pattern of perfection or excellence
Prosaically = commonplace, dull, ordinary
Ruminating = turn something over in the mind, meditating