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
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.
What new words have you found lately?