Monday, March 30, 2015

Words, Words, Words...

Been reading Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey dectetive series and am having a grand old time. Sayers writes like a cross between  Jane Austen and Madeline L'Engle. She captures the whimsey of the time, throws in superb dialog and dresses it all up with million dollar words. I'm in word heaven. Mainly 'cause I keep reading words I don't know. Fun words; difficult words, lots of Latin, gastronomic and literary references thrown in. Such as

Terminus ad quem - the last possible date
Guy Fawkes- Gundpowder plot conspirator
Epicen - loss of gender distinction
thriconopoly - photographic print
perdrix au chou - partridge with cabbage
sixes and sevens - a state of confusion or dissary
Roland and Oliver -to produce an equal opponent, from the Song of Roland
sahib -respectful address for a European man in colonial India

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