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Aquiline. As in noses or features. I have never heard anyone in real life describe a nose or feature as "aquiline," but nearly every MC of every book written 20 years either side of 1950 was aquilinity defined.
 

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Anomie: Lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group.

Been seeing a lot of that lately, not naming names.
 

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Aquiline. As in noses or features. I have never heard anyone in real life describe a nose or feature as "aquiline," but nearly every MC of every book written 20 years either side of 1950 was aquilinity defined.

Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

My mother used the word a fair amount. I have that type of nose. Sort of. So does she. It means eagle-like, AKA angled.

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List 8

Sorry all, been away, but it looks like everyone's been keeping up, so here's List 8!

epithet – an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned; a term of abuse.
Unguent - a soft greasy or viscous substance used as ointment or for lubrication.
Chirurgeon - an archaic form of surgeon.
Famulus - a servant or attendant, esp. of a scholar or a magician
Dandle - move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way.
Vociferate - shout, complain, or argue loudly or vehemently.
Peripatetic - traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
Ephemera - things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.
Lambrusco - a variety of wine grape grown in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.
Amity - a friendly relationship.
Argot - the jargon or slang of a particular group or class.
Hebdomadal - weekly
Frazil - name for ice crystals in turbulent water, swift streams, rough seas
Habook - thick dust storm or sandstorm (this word I use in my novel)
Petrichor - he smell of rain in the air
Sastruga - ridges that snow forms on a snowfield by the action of wind
Williwaw - a violent squall blowing in polar latitudes.
envelop - wrap up, cover, or surround completely.
celerity - swiftness of movement
aquiline - like an eagle...(of a person's nose) hooked or curved like an eagle's beak
Anomie - Lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group.

All the prior lists:
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List 5
List 6
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Aquiline. As in noses or features. I have never heard anyone in real life describe a nose or feature as "aquiline," but nearly every MC of every book written 20 years either side of 1950 was aquilinity defined.

Yes, aquilin is definitely a description for the nose. Much used in French.

Sounds like a neat book. Title?

The title is: "Lost in Translation" by Ella Frances Sanders. Another word I really like: pisan zapra, from the Malay language. It means "the time needed to eat a banana" Apparently it takes two minutes. :)

This thread is AWESOME! :D

I totally agree. I love it!
 

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Took a break from some writing to read a little more, so apologies for the lack of contributions here:

[FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot]Coracle[/FONT][FONT=&quot] - a small round boat made of wicker work covered with a watertight material (esp. in Wales or Ireland)[/FONT][/FONT]
 

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I'm reading a fat literary novel and keeping a pen in hand, there are so many words either I've never seen before, or that I only kinda-sorta-maybe know what they mean. For now I just have the list, not the definitions, but look for some literary input from me when (if?) I finish City on Fire.

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Settle​ - a wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat (again, thanks to GRRM)
 

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[FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot]Cloister[/FONT][FONT=&quot] - a covered walk in a convent, monastery or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other[/FONT][/FONT]
[FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot]Colonnade[/FONT][FONT=&quot] - A row of columns supporting a roof, an entablature or arcade[/FONT][/FONT]
 

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oops, double posted...
 
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Panyarring - the act of kidnapping in order to settle a debt, fhe victim often times a family member of a debtor who was then subsequently sold into slavery.
 

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Frumenty - A thick broth made from boiled cracked wheat.
Woodward - the keeper of a forest.
Gas pipes - Victorian slang for tight trousers
Bricky - Victorian slang for brave or fearless
Bioelectrogenesis - the generation of electricity by living organisms
 

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Nipponese :another word for Japanese
SCAP :Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers
obduracy :stubborn
proselyte :a new convert
 
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Concinnity - harmony or elegance of design, especially of literary style, in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other; the skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something
 

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Panegyrize. : to praise highly, extol in public, eulogize.
 
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Moribund: near death or dying
Neologism: a newly coined word or expression.
 
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Thanks to this thread, I've fallen way behind on my list of words I intend to learn. I paste these in, but not in order.

Maryn, whose priorities are all over the place
 

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exorcism: the expulsion or attempted expulsion of an evil spirit from a person or place.

In actual fact, I think it was more an attempt at personal exorcism
 

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Casuistry - the making of clever but unsound arguments, especially with regard to moral questions
 

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Masscult: (uncountable) "The modern industrial equivalent of culture, mass-produced and anonymously consumed, without specialization or connoisseurship."
 

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I think we're at 19 or 20, so here's the next set:

Coracle - a small round boat made of wicker work covered with a watertight material (esp. in Wales or Ireland)
Settle​ - a wooden bench with a high back and arms, typically incorporating a box under the seat
Cloister - a covered walk in a convent, monastery or cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other
Colonnade - A row of columns supporting a roof, an entablature or arcade
Panyarring - the act of kidnapping in order to settle a debt, fhe victim often times a family member of a debtor who was then subsequently sold into slavery.
Woodward - the keeper of a forest.
Gas pipes - Victorian slang for tight trousers
Bricky - Victorian slang for brave or fearless
Bioelectrogenesis - the generation of electricity by living organisms
Nipponese - another word for Japanese
obduracy - stubborn
proselyte - a new convert
Concinnity - harmony or elegance of design, especially of literary style, in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other; the skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something
Panegyrize - to praise highly, extol in public, eulogize
Moribund - near death or dying
Neologism - a newly coined word or expression
exorcism - the expulsion or attempted expulsion of an evil spirit from a person or place
Casuistry - the making of clever but unsound arguments, especially with regard to moral questions
Masscult - (uncountable), The modern industrial equivalent of culture, mass-produced and anonymously consumed, without specialization or connoisseurship

All the prior lists:
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List 2
List 3
List 4
List 5
List 6
List 7
List 8

FYI - I am also done with GRRM for a while, so likely will not be adding a plethora of new words here unless I get another word addict for an author to read! :)
 
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I often write down words and phrases as I read a book or magazine. As bookmarks, I use small pieces of lined paper and fill them as I go through a novel. It's fun to read through them at the end of the book :)
Some recent phrases I wrote down:
"he laughed an unbelieving laugh"
"he could almost see her poking around in her mind for the words"
"he was a charismatic gale of a man"
 

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