A kind co-worker loaned me a book on CD after we discussed how much time I spend in my car each week driving to and fro. It was "To Kill A Mockingbird" to be exact. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I had not yet read it, but I knew of the main story points. This week of commuting has not been a chore as it sometimes is. I need to get back to listening to sermon tapes, which used to be my constant car companion, and mix them up with novels every once in a while. It was sad to see that I had placed CD number 10 in the player this morning and had only one CD remaining in the box, so the story will soon come to a close.
Of course, as usual, I have been keeping a mental list of the words I've needed to look up once I arrive at home or work. And, as usual, there are many more on my list than I would like. My vocabulary is tiny (so please don't make too much fun of me!) I guess that's why I'm so interested in learning new words or looking up words to confirm I'm using or interpreting them correctly. Here are some I looked up this past week.
beadle (n.): a minor city official, lower in rank than either a sheriff or a policeman, whose main duties revolve around preserving order at various civil functions such as trials and town hall meetings.
calomel (n.): a laxative; often used as a cure for intestinal worms
changelings (n.): a child secretly put in the place of another
charlotte (n.): a desert made with fruit in a mold that is lined with pieces of bread or cake.
chiffarobe (n.): a large cabinet with drawers and a place for hanging clothes
fractious (adj.): mean or cross
Franklin stove (n.): a cast iron heating stove, invented by Benjamin Franklin.
impudent (adj.): To be impudent is to be shamelessly bold, as if you don't care what anyone thinks about you.
invective (n.): Invectives are abusive terms, curses, insults, and/or cuss words
obstreperous (adj.): noisy and unruly
palliation (n.): act of lessening the pain or fear and anxiety of something without actually making the fear and anxiety go away.
philippic (n.): a bitter verbal attack
scuppernongs (n.): a sweet table grape, grown chiefly in the Southern United States.
smilax (n.): a bright green twinning vine, often used for holiday decorations.
taciturn (adj.): almost always silent.
unsullied (adj.): something that has been basically untouched or unused.