Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thirteen Words I Had To Look Up This Week

As an English person, I very much enjoyed someone's list from last week of 13 words that are no longer in common usage. When I got a smartphone for my birthday this week one of the first apps I downloaded was a Dictionary. Yes, I'm one of those geeks who had a pocket dictionary and then an electronic dictionary. Well without further ado, here are 13 words I had to look up this week. (Most from reading John Stuart Mill's Autobiography)

1. Obloquy - noun censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing esp. by numerous persons or by the general public

2. Palliate - verb to relieve or lesson without curing; mitigate; alleviate

3. Cottiers - noun A rural worker; a laborer on a farm or in a small village

4. Redaction - verb to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit

5. Excogitate - verb to think out; devise; invent

6. Jejune - adj without interest or significance; dull; insipid

7. Macadam - noun the broken stone used in making a road or pavement

8. Goosed - noun slang. a poke between the buttocks to startle

9. Amanuensis - noun a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary

10. Tyro - noun a beginner in learning anything; novice

11. Umbrageous - adj creating or providing shade; shady

12. Creche - noun a small or large mounted representation or tableau of Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem, as is displayed in homes or erected for exhibition in a community at Christmas

13. Bruin - noun a bear, esp. a European brown bear

Thursday 13

2 comments:

CountryDew said...

Those are good words. I like #9 and will have to look up its pronunciation.

rlavalette said...

Not playing the 13s this week, but enjoyed your list. Imagine living among cottiers for the past 22 years and not even knowing it. Thanks!

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