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    I came across an interesting word ...

    Here's a new game that will help expand our vocabularies!

    If you come across an interesting or unusual word in something you are reading (a word that you don't often hear in conversation), post it here.

    You can include the definition, too, if you'd like.


    For example:

    "She decided to take the chance without consulting either one of them first, and the rabbi accepted her invitation with alacrity." (from The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein)

    alacrity: promptness in response; cheerful readiness

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    I love this new category, RGW! How interesting this should be!

    preternatural - extraordinary
    The politician's wits were trained to preternatural acuteness by the debates.

    Love the pic of that sweet baby, too!

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    "I don't think he was used to that level of effrontery." (from The Foreclosure of America)

    effrontery: Brazen boldness; presumptuousness.

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    Dealing with a petulant child can make for an incredibly long and trying day.

    Petulant - insolent or rude in speech or behavior; characterized by temporary or capricious ill humor.

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    There was a plethora of desserts on the buffet, but little healthy food.

    plethora - overabundance; excess

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    Sometimes we all act like recalcitrant children.

    recalcitrant-obstinately defiant of authority or restraint; difficult to manage or operate.

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    "She handed her a linsey-woolsey dress that Hannah hadn't worn for months." (from Hannah's Helping Hands by Jean van Leeuwen)

    Definition of linsey-woolsey: A coarse twill or plain-woven fabric woven with a linen warp and a woolen weft. Similar fabrics woven with a cotton warp and woolen weft in Colonial America were also called linsey-woolsey or wincey.


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    "My mother bought me four Sears brand nursing bras that I would rotate through my wardrobe. They were the most utilitarian pieces of clothing I'd ever owned and looked as if they were designed with the shape of a four-hundred-pound communist factory worker in mind. But I swore by those Sears brand bras. They were brawesome."

    (from It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather B. Armstrong)

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    Some people on FORT (you know who you are!) seem indefatigable.
    indefatigable - tireless;seemingly incapable of being fatigued

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    "A pile of raspberry-jam-cakes as high as Mary Poppins's waist stood in the centre, and beside it tea was boiling in a big brass urn. Best of all, there were two plates of whelks and two pins to pick them out with."

    (from Mary Poppins)

    whelk: large marine snail much used as food in Europe; any of various families (esp. Buccinidae) of large marine snails which are often carnivorous and edible

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