Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills

I have new words from two books this week.

“Visions of Sugar Plums” by Janet Evanovich

Bilious = bad-tempered, cross
Cheroot = a cigar with both ends cut square

“I Smile Back” by Amy Koppelman

Apoplectic = on the verge of a severe hemorrhage or stroke
Bris = the Jewish rite of circumcision
Existentialist = believing humans are totally free and responsible for their acts and that this responsibility is the source of their feelings of dread and anguish
Garmento = someone active in the garment industry, especially in New York
Jonesing = the act of needing something badly; usually related to chemical dependency
Mohel = a person qualified to perform a circumcision
Nova = a star that suddenly increases its light output tremendously and then fades away to its former obscurity in a few months or years
Rugelah = a Jewish pastry with a fruit and nut filling


Lisa said...

Well, your words from "I Smile Back" certainly give you an impression of the book, don't they? I love the way that works - your words this week are New York Jewish words, mine are colonial Puritan words - both give you the flavor of the reading.

LuAnn said...

That's so true, Lisa. In fact, unless I missed something, no where does it say the characters are Jewish. You just figure it out when these words come into play!