Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite words discovered while reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Favorite Words. That felt a little broad to me, so I thought I’d try to come up with a list of words I learned, discovered, or just enjoyed through my reading.

My top 10 are:

  1. Absquatulation: Departing in a hurry; absconding (encountered in the Outlander series)
  2. Castrametation: the making or laying out of a military camp (also from the Outlander series)
  3. Ligneous: made, consisting of, or resembling wood; woody (from Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin)
  4. Ludic: showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness (also from T&T&T)
  5. Seneshal: the steward or major-domo of a medieval great house (from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire)
  6. Symbiont: an organism living in symbiosis with another. (from the Parasitology series by Mira Grant and from Fledgling by Octavia Butler)
  7. Taradiddle ~ A fib, or falsity (from the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger)
  8. Widdershins: in a direction contrary to the sun’s course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise. (from Discworld books by Terry Pratchett)
  9. Oubliette: a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling. (from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness)
  10. Barouche-landau: A barouche-landau was an expensive four-wheeled carriage drawn by two horses, with two collapsible hoods – one for the front-facing passengers and one for the rear-facing passengers.  (from Emma by Jane Austen)

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite words discovered while reading

  1. I love learning new words when I read. This is such a fun list! πŸ˜€ The most memorable word I learned from reading is chaos. I had never seen it written before and it confused me to no end until I realize what it was. LOL.

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