This weekly meme all about “new to me words” is hosted by Bermudaonion… and every week when I read her WWW post, I think, “Really? People come across words they don’t know that often??” So, I’ve recently started paying more attention when I’m reading. And I was quite surprised to find that I DO come across words that I don’t know… I guess I’ve always just kinda guessed at the meaning based on the context and moved on, not giving the words a second thought (being the bad speed reader that I am!).
But this week, I actually jotted down the words that I didn’t recognize (while reading Moon Called by Patricia Briggs)… just so I could play along with this meme this week! I’m only halfway through this book, but even so, found three words that were new to me. (Definitions are from dictionary.com.)
1. harridan: “I’d never met her myself, but he smelled of happiness not fear when he talked of her, so I knew she couldn’t be the harridan he described.”
A harridan is “a scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.”
2. desultory: “After lunch I did some desultory grocery shopping and bought small turkey to share with Medea.”
Desultory means “having no set plan; haphazard or random” or “moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected.”
3. anathema: “But most of the werewolves in power in the US had been born in a time when homosexuality was anathema, even punishable by death in some places.”
An anathema is “a person or thing detested or loathed.”
Have you come across any new (to you) words this week??