Words from my reading

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

solipsistic, adj Of or pertaining to the theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified, the only reality
page 30, Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
“‘Solipsistic, even.'”
I think I should have known this one already, but it didn’t come to mind.

deshabille, n [aka dishabille] The state of being carelessly or partially dressed
page 65, Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
“Given the retirement community’s village-like aspect, with garden apartments built around shared courtyards, he could be glimpsed by his neighbors in deshabille.”

bonzes, pl n Buddhist monks
page 150, The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
“In Linh’s village, he described how a nun had daintily tucked her robes around herself in the town square, how a circle of bonzes formed a barrier against outside interference.”*

poon, n [Reputable dictionaries are telling me this is a type of tree with light, hard wood used for masts and spars. Context, however, seems to fit the Urban Dictionary definition much better: Vagina.]
page 178, The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
“‘Sanders gets the pipes, and I get the poon.'”*

laterite, adj The color that characterizes a red residual soil formed by the leaching of silica and by enrichment with aluminum and iron oxides, especially in humid climates
page 317, The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli
“The soil a deep, rich laterite red that rouged uniforms and faces of the soldiers and faded over time to the rusted color of dried blood.”*

* All quotes from The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli are taken from an advance reader’s edition and have not been verified with the final copy of the book.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
Life Sentences by Laura Lippman
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

What new words have you found lately?

7 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. These always amaze me. How did the author learn them? I feel like I have a decent vocab, but I’ve never even heard/seen any of these!

  2. I have been reading Life Sentences as well and had to look up that word “solipsistic”. I like the word. I am pushing my luck on this read as it is a library book and I am hitting close to return date.

  3. When I was much younger people used the word dishabille quite often. Actually, my mother used t quite often as she was very conscious of “what the neighbors would think.” I still think the word is funny.

  4. Wow, those are all new to me!

  5. I think you’re right about poon. :) Great words!

    My words are here.

  6. Oh, I love this post. It’s better than a word of the day calendar!

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