Words from my reading

Some more fun words that were new to me this week:

Fuchsia, photo by louisa_catlover

Fuchsia, photo by louisa_catlover

fuchsias, pl n Flowers of a genus of flowering plants, mostly shrubs, and can grow long shoots, which were identified by Charles Plumier in the late-17th century, and named by Plumier in 1703 after the German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566)
page 43, Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner
“Lillian walked up the steps and smiled at a hanging basket of trailing fuchsias that were suspended from the porch roof.”

pastiche, n A literary, artistic or musical composition made up of bits from various sources, potpourri; a literary, artistic or musical composition intended to imitate or caricature another artist’s style; a jumbled mix, hodgepodge
page 50, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“Its saddle-stitched shade hovered obscenely over a massive base, a kind of bloated cement cruller that looked as if it had been finished in blue stucco then dotted with gold highlights on its wimpled surface, a twisted pastiche of Jean Arp and LeRoy Neiman.”

parvenu, n A person who has suddenly acquired wealth or power, especially one who is not fully accepted socially by the class associated with the higher position, upstart
page 66, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“He was younger than he looked, a strange parvenu in a Panama hat.”

camelback, n A back with a hump-shaped curve on a sofa or other piece of furniture
page 106, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“They put up the specially fitted ones on the lee side on the second-floor camelback, with hooks that could be disengaged from inside.”

antimacassar, n A small cover on the back or arms of a chair, sofa, etc., to prevent soiling
page 174, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“At the far end, an old television set in an oversized maple console; facing it, a couch and a chair with an antique lace antimacassar.”

quotidian, adj Daily, recurring every day; everyday, usual or ordinary
page 240, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“Those thoughts were backlit by the eerily quotidian nature of apparently normal life going on all around him in Chicago.”

venal, adj Capable of being obtained for a price; that can readily be bribed or corrupted; characterized by bribery or corruption
page 320, City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
“Borofsky held forth about revised demographics and New Orleans’ ‘new profile,’ and his vision for the paper’s future, which was uncharacteristically both grandiose and venal.”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
City of Refuge by Tom Piazza
Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner

What new words have you found lately?


14 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. City of Refuge was such a fabulous book! You chose really good words.

    My words are here.

  2. Beautiful picture of a fuchsia! As it turns out, a whole bevy of little girls know that word now, because of the Fancy Nancy books!

  3. I didn’t know parvenu. And it sure feels good that I know all the other words!

    Wondrous Words Wednesdays

  4. Great post! I’d never heard antimicassar pr quotidian before! Thanks! I love new words and also word origins.

    I must say quotidian sounds like some alien that I would read about in one of my son’s Star Wars books.

  5. I love fuschias! We had one in our front yard when I was a kid. The blooms are actually strangely sturdy…they have a weird feel, but they’re so pretty.

  6. Quotidian is the only one I knew, only because I read a book with “Quotidian” in the title, and I kept having to look it up over and over. ha.

  7. I wonder if that’s where we get the color fuschia.

  8. I love the smell of fuchsias. There is also another definition for camelback. It is like a canteen, only an enlongated soft plastic bladder, and has straps to wear like a backpack. They use it in the armed forces. My husband has one he carries when we go on outings.

  9. Oh man, I love ‘pastiche’! I’ve always wanted to use in passing…

  10. Lots of good words this week. The only one I know is fuchsias as I used to do a lot of gardening in the ‘olden days’.

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