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.
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This time's Interesting Words come to us from Brandon Sanderson's The Final Empire. It's a short list, which probably tells you how difficult of a time you'll have with Sanderson's choice of vocabulary. In fact, I more or less knew the definitions of both of these, but wanted to get them written down anyway.
apathy: the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
parasol: a handheld collapsible source of shade
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