Q: What is the BIGGEST word you’ve seen used in a book lately – that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.
A: That's a tough question. I soak up big words like a sponge. Also, flexing our vocabulary is hot flirting between my boyfriend and me. (We're such geeks.) Between the size of my lexicon and the fact that I read a lot of YA and kids' books, I don't come across many words that I don't already know.
That said, Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell (reviewed Wednesday) was good for broadening my horizons based on cultures and dialects. The largest new word was probably "embrasure," which is an opening in a defensive wall to fire cannons through. The British pronounce "lieutenant" as "leftenant," which is interesting. A new foreign word is "bibi," formally meaning "lady" in Hindi and/or Arabic, and used derogatorily by the British army for "lover" or "prostitute."
What words have you learned lately from books?
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