Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Interesting Words: Sky of Swords

View this book on 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 Sky of Swords.

anteroom: a large entrance or reception room or area

argent: a metal tincture used in heraldry to give a silvery appearance

coiffure: the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

commissariat: a stock or supply of foods

cortege: the group following and attending to some important person

cynosure: something that strongly attracts attention and admiration

galliard: A gay, lively dance

garderobe: a wardrobe or its contents

harridan: a scolding (even vicious) old woman

kirtle: a long dress worn by women

misprision: A neglect, negligence, or contempt

pillory: a wooden instrument of punishment on a post with holes for the neck and hands; offenders were locked in and so exposed to public scorn

pique: tightly woven fabric with raised cords

poltroon: an abject coward

seneschal: the chief steward or butler of a great household

sumptuary: regulating or controlling expenditure or personal behavior; sumptuary laws

trousseau: the personal outfit of a bride; clothes and accessories and linens