Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Interesting Words: Farthing

View this book on Amazon.com One of the things I often do as I'm reading a novel or short story is keep track of words whose definitions I do not know or that I find interesting. Either way, these interesting words are ones I feel might be of use in my own writing. That, and it's good to expand one's vocabulary every once in a while.

Read my review of Farthing.

bourgeois: a member of the middle class

coppiced: a dense growth of bushes

drugget: a rug made of a coarse fabric having a cotton warp and a wool filling

histrionic: characteristic of acting or a stage performance; often affected ("Histrionic gestures")

invigilating: to keep watch; to keep watch over students at an examination.

neologism: the act of inventing a word or phrase

parvenu: a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class

portico: a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area

prosaically: in a matter-of-fact manner

putative: commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child.

spinney: a copse that shelters game

vicar: a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman

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Comments (1) -

  • TSBazelli

    3/30/2010 10:39:55 AM | Reply

    Hmm now if only I could find an opportunity to slip some of those words into an everyday conversation...

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