It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to learn some new words! Wondrous Words Wednesday, hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion, is a meme which encourages us to share words we have learned while reading. The words I share will sometimes be completely new to me, and other times they will be words I am familiar with, and maybe even use correctly, but when I think about how to explain the meaning, I’m lost — I have to look it up. It’s all about expanding my vocabulary!
I’m still making my way through The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher, so I have a couple of new words from that one.
truculent - aggressively self-assertive; easily annoyed or angered
“Usually the spirit was affable, as had been the man, except when encountering a sitter he did not like; then he became truculent, a force to be feared.” - page 125
gimcrack - showy object of little use or value
“In a Cleveland hotel banquet hall a gimcrack band played ragtime.” - page 137
I also have a few words I came across while reading The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
veritable - real or true
“Every morning and afternoon, the nurse rolls her table-on-wheels through the halls with the baskets, a veritable candy woman of pharmaceuticals.” - page 7
gormless - stupid, dull
“Just like that, his gormless smile is back.” - page 75
secateurs - pruning shears
“He drops his secateurs into a bucket and dips to snatch up a larger pair of garden shears.” - page 83
What new-to-you words have you discovered this week?