Words from my reading

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

spraddle-legged, adv With the legs sprawled, spread apart
page 144, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson
“Squatting spraddle-legged on her orange stool, Genma motioned to me.”

mote, n A tiny piece of a substance
page 233, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson
“A hint of the coming dawn tinged the stable’s mote-filled air.”

miscegenation, n The interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types
page 322, The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
The church door opens to the white woman’s bedroom, and the virus of integration will manifest itself in the pestilence of miscegenation and thus the death of life as we know it.
Wow, that’s an ugly word.

sharded, adj Broken into small pieces with sharp edges
page 381, The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
“At the river’s edge there’s an old rusted boat to the left and a broken-up wharf, gray and sharded, to the right, like the subject and verb of some vast and unfathomable sentence.”
OK, I could figure this one out. But I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something.

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin

What new words have you found lately?

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6 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. One of the great things about this meme is that I have actually looked up words that I thought I could figure out, and sometimes I have been really surprised. The meaning isn’t quite what I thought it would be, or there are other meanings I was unaware of. Those are all great words.

    My words are here.

  2. Spraddle-legged lol, definitely a fun one!

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  3. Four good finds this week. Miscegenation is new to me. I agree it’s ugly in it’s usage. Now I’m curious about the book.

  4. I’m patting myself on the back because I knew all these. 🙂 OK, I didn’t really know sharded (from shard) could be an adjective, but I did know shard.

  5. I’ve heard of a dust mote – maybe because there are some in my house. Spraddle-legged is new to me and I love it!

  6. Miscegenation was new to me this week too, I learned it from a book about the Chinese travelling to the US at it’s conception. I know of “mote” but it’s one I always forget when it comes to writing.

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