Looked that up

I’m still using words from,

Hounded, Book 1 of The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.

Hearne’s Druid character, Atticus, speaks a strange–but delightful–combination of  medieval and modern, Irish, French, Latin, and 21 century slang. The book is loaded with wonderful words to look up.


Augur? Not the tool used for ice fishing.

Augur: [Hearne actually used augury, the art of augur.]

Noun. 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet.
Verb (used with object) 1. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. 2. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken.
Verb (used without object) 1. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 2. to be a sign; bode.

New tax laws augur unhappy wealthy people.


Asperity? Not to be confused with austerity.

Asperity: noun 1. harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony. 2. hardship; difficulty; rigor.  3. roughness of surface; unevenness.  4. something rough or harsh.

 The asperity of his reaction seemed excessive for the situation. 


Cholla: Desert fauna, judging by context.

Cholla: Noun. any of several spiny treelike cacti belonging to the genus Opuntia,  especially O. fulgida  of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, having knobby outgrowths and yellow spines. [Hearne used the word a few times sometimes specifically,  Teddy Bear Cholla]

He detoured from the desert trail to avoid a prickly encounter with a cholla.

leather bar

Source for definitions: http://dictionary.reference.com/

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  1. Judy Westerlund

     /  01/26/2013

    Just read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Can’t believe I haven’t read it before now. A look into the past. Really enjoyed it.

    • Thanks for commenting and visiting sister 🙂
      I saw the movie adaptation of the book but it was so many years ago I can’t remember what it was about.

  2. KW

     /  01/26/2013

    Love these!!

  3. I particularly like “asperity” which I believe I can add to my talking vocabulary as well as my writing.
    I like this feature a lot. Please keep it coming!

    • Thanks.
      I’m getting positive feedback and the post are interesting to do. Hearnes really loaded me up with words. I only wrote down one word from the next book I read. Don’t know if I was just too engrossed to mentally register them, much less write them down, or if Harrison’s vocabulary just exists within mine. If all else fails, Hearnes has 4 more Iron Druid Chronicle novels I can mine 🙂


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