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. rictus. "Kelly looked at me, lips drawing back in a smile that looked more like a rictus." (from Deadline by Mira Grant)
1. the gape of the mouth of a bird.
2. the gaping or opening of the mouth.
2. palimpsest. "'Have to what?' he asked, staring at the dark palimpsest of beard on his head of department's lower face that threatened to seep through the aging surface of his skin and re-form its former glory." (from The Light of Amsterdam by David Park)
a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text. (really interesting use of the word by the author!)
3. jobsworth. "'What a jobsworth,' Shannon hissed at her. 'A little power and it goes to their head.'" (from The Light of Amsterdam by David Park)
a person in a position of minor authority who invokes the letter of the law in order to avoid any action requiring initiative, cooperation, etc.
What are your new words this week?