Welcome back, wordy friends!
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 favorite new-to-me words from my recent reads. All definitions from Dictionary.com.
1. mysophobia. "Besides, there is some mysophobia in society. Nobody wants to talk about it." (from Evil Water by Inger Wolf)
a dread of dirt or filth.
In this part of the book, the characters were discussing infanticide. So I think they were referring to the fact that people, in general, do not like discussing unpleasant subjects.
2. importunate. "There was something unpleasantly arrogant about him, and he didn't find it hard to imagine that she had thought him importunate." (from Evil Water by Inger Wolf)
1. urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
2. pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
3. troublesome; annoying: importunate demands from the children for attention.
I've heard this one before, but couldn't place the exact meaning.
3. crake. "He had a voice like a little crake with him, and so funny it sounded against the basso of my father that I was bound to push my fist in my mouth not to be rude." (from How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn)
nounany of several short-billed rails, especially the corn crake.
And apparently a "rail" in this sense is a type of small grassland bird. Did anyone else immediately think of the book Oryx and Crake when they read this word?