Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday-June22

Bermudaonion asks you to share new words that you have learned during your reading adventures in the last week. Feel free to join in the fun!

About the only time I have had to read lately is during my lunchhour, so my words are again from the Advanced Readers Edition of The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson:

Predilections: a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality.

Here is how predilections was used on page 82:
But his friends had already abandoned him for other exhibits, one examining the comely portrait of the Prince of Wales's mistress, Mary Darcy Robinson, that hung along the wall, the other leafing through a copy of her novel, Vancenza, the Dangers of Credulity, a gothic romance full of references to the prince's sexual predilections.

Peregrines: foreign; alien; coming from abroad.
wandering, traveling, or migrating.
Here is how peregrines was used on pages 102-103:
He stood six feet tall, his shaved skull covered in tattoos of vultures and flying peregrines.

Truculence:  defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous.
Here is how truculence was used on page 164:
Alley answered their questions with his usual truculence, and when asked to show his hands, opened his palms upward as passively as everyone else, but the younger of the two cops, broad across the shoulders and bowlegged, didn't seem to like his answers.

I finished up with this book last week but I still wanted to post these words today.  I must admit that I have conflicted feelings about this book.  I'm trying to figure out my best approach for a review as I loved the writing but the story was a bit odd to me.  Any new words for you this week?


bermudaonion said...

I've heard of Peregrine falcons and now I'm curious as to how they got their name. Thanks for playing along.

Laura's Reviews said...

Interesting! I should start looking for new words in the books I read as well.