Words I've Had to Look Up
Starting Jan 2017
- •skeuomorph: (noun) an object or feature that imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material.
- •perfidy: (noun) deceitfulness, untrustworthinessfrom The Tale of Despereaux
- •aestivation: (noun) an state of animal dormancy similar to hibernation, entered in response to high temperatures and arid conditionsMy brother-in-law used this in our conversation tonight as he described his goal of hibernating through the summer months.
- •accretion: (noun) the process of growth or enlargement through gradual buildup, such as the increase of land by the action of natural forcesFrom the Instagram account @fireislandnps. I got the gist through context, but their explanation was pretty cool: "During storms, sand is moved off shore or across the island, and, during calmer weather, sand is carried to the beach and builds the beach." (Should I admit that I thought erosion was a one-way process?)
- •amice: (noun) a white linen cloth worn on the neck and shoulders, under the alb, by a priest celebrating the Eucharistfrom Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
- •alb: (noun) a white vestment worn by clergy and servers in some Christian churchessee above
- •salmagundi: (noun) a general mixture or miscellaneous collectionFrom a book review ("A salmagundi of whimsy, imagination, and book lore..."). Its primary definition is actually "a dish of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, and seasoning."
- •importunate: (adj) persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusionFrom The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
- •inglenook: (noun) a space on either side of a large fireplacesee above
- •vertiginous: (adj) causing vertigo, especially by being extremely high or steepFrom Commonwealth by Ann Patchett ("the vertiginous drop off the side of the mountain")