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.
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?