An author often includes hints, or clues, to help the reader expand vocabulary and grasp the meaning of the passage. Lightning was my big unexpected surprise the year I read it. Jon - Apparently Starz Movie Channel made Pillars of the Earth into an 8-part miniseries that aired in July and August. I see the word forum now has 7 members. When I finish the book and start looking up words I often don't recall the exact way it was used in the sentence. When I posted to you earlier I didn't know I was talking to you! However, if you would like to further your wordsmithing, try this site.
It was the book's first section before chapter one. Words like admixture and agglutinate were both problematic in that there are multiple close definitions. Got 'em all except thermion which I will promptly forget. The night was silent except for the incessant rataplan of the rain. Of course I don't remember them all now, although transept was one and I think apse was another. I look forward to the next list and learning more. Here's the pronounciation, which I had guessed at incorrectly: - Koontz novels are always good for a nice list of unfamiliar words, many of them sinister or dark in nature.
Anyway, I realized that no one who likes my word posts would automatically receive them, which is why I posted the link in the discussion forum. I only noted one unfamiliar word. The state of being mingled or mixed. I knew all the words, and look forward to seeing the next list! I've got a permanent link to freerice on my blog -- and there are other games besides vocabulary games, too. He had watched her weaken, he had seen her eyes close, he had heard her breathing stop, and he had let her die unshriven.
When I've finished the book I look up the words. Nothing about the set or width of her mouth, the contours of her philtrum, or the shape of her teeth was even intriguing, let alone electrifying. Rarely, but sometimes, I actually stop reading and look a word up right then if understanding it seems important enough at the time. I don't know which book this is, but it sounds as if it could be Koontz. Please post new words you come across in your reading here. I think it meant his nautical instruments. I've seen jobber but didn't know the definition.
Jon - Sometimes, there are verses of a poem you never forget. They were certainly not written for children. Agglutinate is a verb with three transitive definitions and three intransitive definitions in my dictionary. Even after looking it up, the right definition doesn't stick. I didn't know your id was Psybre.
With the new forum I saw no way to do that. I also thought it was marred by a major plot element that I found completely unbelievable. I would have trouble using it in a sentence except as a synonym for mixture. Did you like it enough to recommend it? I apologize for any incoherence, I've had a few drinks tonight. He is a very divergent author, including all sorts of different elements of mystery, suspense, horror, crime fiction, and the paranormal in each of his works. Tabla I would have thought as some sort of table: wrong! If it had been fixed or jalousied he would have been trapped.
Jon - I'm just about done with The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Every Koontz reader, I'm sure, has their favorites and least favorites, and those choices probably differ drastically from other fans. But toward the end of the afternoon, Tom saw smoke rising above the trees, and found the home of a solitary verderer, one of the king's forest police. Didn't know this definition of ladino. Fortunately, it was a single pane that opened inward from the top on a heavy-duty piano hinge. Vigesimal is derived from the Latin for twenty, 'viginti'.
I hate to think of my lists as tests though. Lightning is what made me decide to give Koontz more chances. The other words were completely new for me. Are you sure about epitome though? In Dutch, we even call it a 'reliekschrijn', literally 'reliquary-shrine'. I've also seen penurious and elide. That's one word I'd have been happy to not know the meaning of.
A martinet has some power, and no one is pulling their strings. Berserkers were self-repairing machines designed by a warring race long ago to kill life wherever they found it. Jon - Being a doctor, I knew the word prodromen, which is the same in Dutch, and living in the old world and having an enormous interest in herbs and plants and their uses, I also know woad wede in Dutch. The other words are new to me. However, Cold Fire is not for the faint of heart, I was so scared I stayed up almost all night to finish the last 300 pages.