Looked That Up 2/23/13

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Hexed Iron DruidWords from

Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Book 2 Iron Druid Chronicles.

for 2-23-blog post

Potentates: Strong spirits like bootleg whiskey?

potentates: noun- a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
The potenates were arriving for the world peace summit.

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Internecine: Related to Internal medicine?

internecine: Adjective
1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
2. mutually destructive.
3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
The death toll from the internecine battle was a cautionary tale for both sides.

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Zeitgeist: A new brand of blemish cover-up?

zeitgeist [tsahyt-gahyst] German noun: the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or
feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
New tax legislation would be a mistake in light of the zeitgeist of American citizens.

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Portrait of Pope Paul: http://commons.wikimedia.org
Painting-Napoleon on the Battlefield: http://commons.wikimedia.org
Photograph of Kenney and Christabel: http://commons.wikimedia.org

Looked That Up 2/16/2013

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1 Word from Ever After by Kim Harrison

Ever After HarrisonEither I was too engrossed in the story or the novel’s vocabulary is contained
within mine. I knew this word but the context it which it was used made me wonder, so I looked it up.
I was off by degree, languor is more than “very relaxed.”).

Languor by F. Zandomeneghilanguorous: adjective 1. characterized by languor; languid. 2. inducing languor: languorous fragrance.
languor, noun: 1. lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness. 2.lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation. 3. physical weakness or faintness.

From Ever After, Kim Harrison “[It was] stretched out and dangerously languorous.”

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Hounded, HearnesMore words from:
Hounded, by Kevin Hearne.
Book 1
The Iron Druid Chronicles

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Ephemeral: Not a form of the word of euphemism?

Woman with Mirror, Frederick Carl Friesekeephemeral: Adjective 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.

Noun: 3. anything short-lived, as certain insects.

Studying her reflection, she bemoaned ephemeral youth.

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Inchoate:  Inch you ate?

Draft of a Supreme Court Rulinginchoate: adjective 1. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.

2. just begun; incipient.

3. not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.

Upon rereading, the writer found her inchoate first chapter awful.

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Languor, 1890 Painting by F. Zandomeneghi:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

Woman with Mirror, 1910 painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

Part of a 1964 first draft of Douglas’ US Supreme Court ruling. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/

Looked That Up 2/9/2013

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Hounded, HearnesMore words from:
Hounded, by Kevin Hearne.
Book 1 of The Iron Druid Chronicles

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Woad: More than a good Scrabble world?

Woadwoad: noun

1. a European plant, Isatis tinctoria, of the mustard family, formerly cultivated for a blue dye extracted from its leaves.
2. the dye extracted from this plant.

The ancient Britons painted their faces with woad.
(Think Mel Gibson in Brave Heart.)

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Esurient: Not electronic-consoling?

Georg Emanuel Opitz Der Völleresurient: adjective

hungry; greedy.

The buffet table was attacked by esurient diners.

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Javelina: Not sporting equipment used in track?


a collared peccary; piglike hoofed mammal of the Americas.

A javelina rooted for food in the Arizona scrublands.

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Images from Wikkimeda Commons.




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More words from

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


flibbertigibbet? Not from the parchment bag in a frozen turkey.

flibbertigibbet: noun: 1. a chattering or flighty, light-headed person. 2. Archaic. a gossip.

People sometimes mistaken me for a flibbertigibbet.


dilatory: Not something that happens during childbirth.

dilatory: adjective: 1. tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy. 2. intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision: a dilatory strategy.

He avoided eye contact, rearranged paperwork, and deployed other dilatory tactics.


Fomorians: I’m at a total loss… 

Formorian: noun, Irish Legend. One of a race of pirates or sea demons who raided and pillaged Ireland but were finally defeated: sometimes associated with the hostile powers of nature.

Hurricane Sandy ripped across the coast like a band of Fomorians of old.

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