Words from my reading

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

harridan, n A strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman
page 27, Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
“She had little sentiment for panhandlers and none for her grandmother, considered a harridan by those closest to her.”

hummock, n A hillock, knoll, or mound; a piece of forested ground rising above a marsh
page 27, The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello
“I watch him walk across the pristine lawn to the English basement, the tiny door tucked into a hummock of land.”

cocoliths, pl n Chalk, calcareous nannofossils in calcium carbonate (per the text)
page 78, The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello
“‘Cocoliths will contaminate the evidence.'”

ichthyderm, n Sunbather skin, smoker’s skin, from the Greek: ichthy means fish, and derm means skin (per the text)
page 94, The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello
“‘You’re going to get ichthyderm.'”

corundum, n An extremely hard mineral, aluminum oxide, Al2O3, sometimes containing iron, magnesia, or silica, that occurs in gem varieties such as ruby and sapphire and in a common black, brown, or blue form used chiefly in abrasives
page 238, The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello
“‘The red form of corundum.'”

More great words on my Words from my reading page.

Reviews of books cited here:
Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman review coming soon, hopefully
The Stones Cry Out by Sibella Giorello

What new words have you found lately?

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4 responses to “Words from my reading

  1. You encountered some interesting words. My favorite is harridan. And I might check Baltimore Blues.

  2. I love the word harridan. Wasn’t familiar with any of the others, though!

  3. I have a feeling I’ll become a harridan – I can be pretty bossy right now! Great words!

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