Word Nerd Time!
Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.
Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words from some of my recent reads. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. legerdemain. "...Ronald Reagan was doing quite well with his brand of verbal legerdemain..." (from Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama)
1. sleight of hand.
2. trickery; deception.
3. any artful trick.
2. plangently. "This smell was plangently like that—sickish sweet and decayed sour, mixed together and fermenting wildly." (from 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King)
resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
3. beldam. "Hush and shush, for the beldam might be listening!" (from Coraline by Neil Gaiman)
an old woman, especially an ugly one; hag.
What are your new words this week?