Words from my reading

It feels like it’s been a long time, but hopefully I’m back to posting more regularly now! A few fun words that were new to me this week:

cataract, n A large waterfall
page 59, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
“The sense of danger, which had never been entirely absent since I left the bus, awoke with sharp urgency, I gazed around on the trees, the flowers, and the talking cataract: they had begun to look unbearably sinister.”
I knew cataract only to mean the medical condition of the eyes.

dindled, v Trembled, reeled, staggered
page 62, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
“The earth seemed to shake: the whole wood trembled and dindled at the sound.”

fash, v To trouble, vex, annoy
page 69, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
“‘Do not fash yourself with these questions.'”

penumbra, n A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination; the grayish outer part of a sunspot; an area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree; an outlying surrounding region; a periphery
page 107, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
“If she were naked, then it must have been the almost visible penumbra of her courtesy and joy which produces in my memory the illusion of a great and shining train that followed her across the happy grass.”

midden, n A dunghill or refuse heap; in archaeology, a mound or deposit containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse that indicates the site of a human settlement
page 121, The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
“‘Every disease that submits to a cure shall be cured: but we will not call blue yellow to please those who insist on still having jaundice, nor make a midden of the world’s garden for the sake of some who cannot abide the smell of roses.'”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Review of book cited here:
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

What new words have you found lately?


8 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. When I saw cataract, I couldn’t believe you didn’t know it and then I saw the context and realized I didn’t know it either! I love dindled and think I can use that one today!

  2. No words from your INSPYs reading, eh?

  3. I like penumbra. I’ve never heard it. You’ve amassed quite an addition to your vocabulary while reading The Great Divorce.

  4. Oh weird. I just saw an entire post about the word “fash” as it’s used in dialect-heavy fiction — like in Scottish romances, really. It was a lot of “Dinna fash yourself…” and there was never an explanation of just what “fash” meant so I was so confused!

    Coincidental, then, that you posted this! Thanks!

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