I recently finished reading Tender is the Night for the Shannon Reads "Those Books" Exploration. One of the fun things I added to the reading process was collecting words that I either hadn't heard before, or wasn't quite sure what they actually meant. It feels a bit scary to admit I don't know what some of these words mean, but I won't know them until I actually work on them. In an effort to get the ball rolling on learning their meanings, I thought I would share them here.
I don't know if I will memorize definitions all of them, as 99 words is a lot to work with! Believe it or not, I culled down the list down from 150+ and I owe a big Thank You to my sister Jamie for helping me narrow the list. I will certainly look all 99 words up, and some may be easier than others to have their definitions stick, as I have different familiarity with different words.
For some of the words I have a sense of what they mean, like lark seems similar to whim, pandemonium feels like a state of chaos and wraith I would actually say is a manifestation of an evil or angry spirit (which doesn't makes sense in the context of the book, just one more reason to look it up!).
The next level is words I know what they mean, but I'm not able to articulate their meaning. This is the case for words like amorality, rigmarole and convalescence. If someone used them I would know what they were talking about, but if I would only be able to articulate it by using the exact same words.
Then I have the words that I am familiar with, but have a feeling I don't understand them correctly. Dogmatic and sardonic fall into this category.
And then we finally have the words I don't remember seeing or hearing before, ever. They are the truly new words to me: exigent, littoral, insouciant and gendarmes.
Now it's time to get to the fun part: The list!
ascetic, ascetically and asceticism
Looks like it's time for tea and the dictionary for me. How about you? Are new words peeking out from the list for you?