Thursday, April 19, 2012

Smarty Pants

Words. New ones everrryday enter my world. Most of them come from what I am reading. If my mom is around, I usually can just ask her what they mean, but most of the time she is 1,327 miles away in Dallas. So, instead I make little dots in my books and then look them up later in the dictionary. No lie, a dictionary in my own two hands. I think I am living in the wrong century.

Here are some new or re-learned words:

mercurial
castigate
laconic
nefarious
mirth
auspicious
raucous
lechery
misogyny/misogynistic

Here are the definitions, but they are not in order! See if you can get the definitions right. Answers are at the bottom of this post.

a. promising success
b. harsh, hoarse, strident; boisterously disorderly
c. a hatred of women
d. very wicked; bad, immoral, iniquitous, sinful, vicious
e. to punish or criticize severely
f. gladness or gaiety accompanied with laughter; glee, jollity, hilarity, merriment
g. inordinate indulgence in sexual activity
h. sparing of words; curt, concise, short, succinct, brusque
i. unpredictably changeable

Wow. Geez Louise. A rather cheerless list, no? What kind of books am I reading??? I will tell you: I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's about a girl growing up in Germany during WWII. The narrator of the book is Death. So yes, rather gloomy. But it is an amazing and moving read, and one of the first WWII books I have read told from the viewpoint of a German citizen. (I need to read Bonhoeffer.)

I am in the middle of reading Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat if you know it. The book is written beautifully, but I can't figure out if I like it or not. It has given me weird dreams about fields, trees and feeling deceitful for befriending the enemy. It's also set during WWII and is about a girl growing up (sensing a trend here...) in occupied France.

Lastly, I recently read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. I have struggled to read C.S. Lewis for years and years, and this is the first time that I have actually gotten through an entire book of his. Gasp! I know. And I'm a PK. I have started Mere Christianity so many times, and have almost finished Screwtape Letters, but it just hasn't happened yet. But! It will! Because The Great Divorce is amazing. Lewis' words read like poetry. His imagery is profoundly beautiful. His characters are both hilarious and tragic. And his joyous depiction of the Solid People is so memorable. In short, I LOVED The Great Divorce. I'll probably write a post about it later....every line is worth sharing. 'Mirth' is the only word from the above list that came from The Great Divorce... and what a word.

Ok so here are the answers:


mercurial - i
castigate - e
laconic - h
nefarious - d 
mirth - f
auspicious - a
raucous - b
lechery - g 
misogyny/misogynistic - c


Did you get them right? You are a star. Go forth and read!

1 comment:

  1. I loved The Book Thief! And I love picturing you looking up words in your dictionary. :)

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