One of the great things about this summer's challenge is that I have been reading books that I would not normally read, and in those books there are often words that I don't really have in my vocabulary. In some cases, this is because the words are from an earlier age and no longer in general use; in other cases they are simply words I don't know. Most of them I have seen before and have a guess as to the sort of thing they mean, and for all of them there have been enough context clues that I could easily figure out roughly what they mean and get by without looking them up. However, since this is summer reading and I'm not in a rush, it's been kind of fun to stop and look things up and go a little deeper into what the author wanted to get across.
Here's a list of words from two of my summer books that I had to stop and look up:
- matuninal (this one was easy to figure out from its Latin root)
- denier (this is the second definition--not "one who denies")
- alcalde (this was one I had never seen before)
- lictor (ditto)
Are any of these words that you know? I'm used to doing pretty well on vocabulary trivia quizzes, but I would have been zero for nine on this one--maybe two for nine if it were multiple choice.
What's a new word you have learned from your reading this summer? The above words are pretty hard to work into a conversation--have you learned any new words that you can use in everyday life?