Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Word Geek Week

The more you read the more your vocabulary grows, or so the saying goes. I believe that, so much so that when I don't feel challenged or stretched by a book vocabularily (no, that really isn't a word - is it?!) frankly, I'm a bit disappointed. In fact, Swimming Home was disappointing to me in that regard - among others.

My disappointment drove me to go back to list I've made (haphazardly) over the years, of words I've learned or re-learned, thanks to some the books I've read.

From Iran Awakening  there was restive and foment (and a dozen others, at least).

How Soccer Explains the World prompted me to look up obeisance, pogrom (a riot-like fight/Russian origin)  picaresque, inveigh (speak of in a hostile way, I think) counter-hegemony, legerdemain, and soi-disant. 

I'm sure I learned a few from the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,
but - well,  did I mention the list was haphazard? That's about as far as I got. 

What about you? Ever find yourself looking up new words as you read? Tell me about it

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