I apologize for the missed post last weekend, Jan 12, 2013.
I’ve never skipped a post before but two issues came to play.
1. I was recovering from the flu.
2. I have been bored with the famous author’s Rules for Writing posts and couldn’t force myself to do another while sick.
So I’m starting a new variety of posts for words I looked up while reading. Praise to Kindle, I can move the cursor to a word in a novel and the definition pops up. So when I think, “Huh?” or “Does that really mean what I think it does?” I can and do check it out before I forget.
This week’s words all came from
Hounded, Book 1 of The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
I’m enjoying this story and Hearne’s vocabulary will keep me supplied in words that made me wonder.
Zounds? Yep it’s a word, an archaic “euphemistic shortening of God’s wounds” (oddly it’s pronounced like pound.)
Zounds is “A mild oath indicating surprise, indignation etc.”
Chicanery? Not related to style.
Chicanery: 1. Trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry. [had to look sophistry up too!]
2. A quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.
Fricatives? Not a category of swear word.
Fricative: Adjective: a speech sound characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant. Noun: A fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
My source for definitions: http://dictionary.reference.com/