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/

Not “Saturday… Just Saying 1/19/2013

I apologize for the missed post last weekend, Jan 12, 2013.

I’ve never skipped a post before but two issues came to play.
1. I was recovering from the flu.

2. I have been bored with the famous author’s Rules for Writing posts and couldn’t force myself to do another while sick.

So I’m starting a new variety of posts for words I looked up while reading. Praise to Kindle, I can move the cursor to a word in a novel and the definition pops up. So when I think, “Huh?” or “Does that really mean what I think it does?” I can and do  check it out before I forget.

Looked that up

This week’s words all came from

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

I’m enjoying this story and Hearne’s vocabulary will keep me supplied in words that made me wonder.


Zounds? Yep it’s a word, an archaic “euphemistic shortening of God’s wounds” (oddly it’s pronounced like pound.)

Zounds is “A mild oath indicating surprise, indignation etc.”


Chicanery? Not related to style.

Chicanery: 1. Trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry. [had to look sophistry up too!]

2. A quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade.


Fricatives? Not a category of swear word.

Fricative: Adjective: a speech sound characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant. Noun: A fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).

My source for definitions: http://dictionary.reference.com/