Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Interesting Words: Lord of the Fire Lands

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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 Lord of the Fire Lands.

adjudicator: a person who studies and settles conflicts and disputes

baldric: a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip

burgher: a member of the middle class

cabochon: a highly polished convex-cut but unfaceted gem

connivance: agreement on a secret plot

cordwainer: A worker in cordwain, or cordovan leather; a shoemaker

coronet: a small crown; usually indicates a high rank but below that of sovereign

creel: a wicker basket used by anglers to hold fish

demesne: territory over which rule or control is exercised

deportment: the way a person behaves toward other people

despot: a cruel and oppressive dictator

dormer: a gabled extension built out from a sloping roof to accommodate a vertical window

dory: a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled

elocution: an expert manner of speaking involving control of voice and gesture

estuary: the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix

fo'c'sle: living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed

haberdasher: a merchant who sells men's clothing

harangue: a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

heriot: a payment or tribute of arms or military accouterments, or the best beast, or chattel, due to the lord on the death of a tenant

hummocky: a small natural hill

moorland: open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss

muniment: A record; the evidences or writings whereby a man is enabled to defend the title to his estate; title deeds and papers.

piebald: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

priory: religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress

rapacious: excessively greedy and grasping

smock: a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles

spume: foam or froth on the sea

squelch: walk through mud or mire

tanist: a lord or proprietor of a tract of land or of a castle, elected by a family, under the system of tanistry

tarn: a mountain lake

tattoo: a drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters

thegn: a thane

trusses: a framework of beams forming a rigid structure

weathercock: weathervane with a vane in the form of a rooster

wimple: headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women

witan: sage, adviser

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