Words from my reading

A few fun words that were new to me this week:

odalisque, n [historical] A female slave or concubine in a harem, especially one in the seraglio — women’s apartments — of the sultan of Turkey
page 30, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel
“So was Mimi the cat, draped across the keyboard like an odalisque.”

sangfroid, n Composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances
page 122, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel
“Sangfroid eluded me.”

Eugenia, flower and leaves, by Forest and Kim Starr, via Wikipedia.

eugenias, pl n Flowering plants in the myrtle family
page 250, I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel
“The ladies went beet red and moved next to a hedge of diseased eugenias.”
I knew this was some sort of flower, but what type, I had no idea.


More words from I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason
. And more great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of the book cited here:
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason by Susan Kandel

What new words have you found lately?

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5 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. I used to know a woman named Eugenia. I had no idea she was named after a flower. Good words this week.

  2. That Eugenia flower is gorgeous! You found some great words!

  3. These are new to me and I will try to remember sanfroid. Love that one.

  4. I never knew eugenia was a flower! Beautiful picture, too.

  5. You always find the craziest words. I must just ignore words I don’t know.

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