Words from my reading 715

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

soca, n A form of dance music that originated in the Islands of Trinidad and Tobago from calypso music, originally combined the melodic lilting sound of calypso with insistent percussion (which is often electronic in recent music) and local chutney music
page 3, Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
“I had my music cranked, a soca artist from Tobago named Shadow, who had an insidiously hummable tune, ‘Tabanka.'”

incubus, n An evil spirit or demon thought in medieval times to descend upon and have sexual intercourse with women; a nightmare; anything oppressive, burden
page 93, Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
“It felt as though an incubus were crushing my shoulders.”

imprecations, pl n Acts of praying for or invoking evil, a curse, etc., on someone or something; curses
page 141, Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
“We spoke imprecations in Jesus’ name against the neighborhood honky-tonks, all but one of which would be closed within a couple of years.”

whipsawed, v Cut with a long-bladed saw, especially a crosscut saw with a tapering blade from 5 to 7.5 feet long and with a handle at each end, usually used by two persons; to defeat or get the best of a person two ways at once
page 224, Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
“Many times it seemed as though we were whipsawed between elation and utter disillusionment.”

cataleptic, adj Having a condition characterized by a lack of a response to external stimuli and by muscular rigidity, so that the limbs remain in whatever position they are placed, known to occur in a variety of physical and psychological disorders, such as epilepsy and schizophrenia, and can be induced by hypnosis
page 27, Coral Moon by Brandilyn Collins
“Leslie eyed the cataleptic figure and felt the tumble of rocks in her chest.”

Earlier installments of this feature (more great words!).

Reviews of books cited here:
Holy Roller by Julie Lyons
Coral Moon by Brandilyn Collins

What new words have you found lately?


3 responses to “Words from my reading 715

  1. I find the definition of incubus very interesting since I saw the band Incubus in concert. I had no idea that’s what their name means.

  2. Soca and cataleptic are completely new to me!

  3. I like the use of whipsawed. Very descriptive. Good words this week.

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