What Cool Word Have You Read in a Book Recently?

I was reading The Secret of Spellshadow Manor today by Bella Forrest, when I came across the word

—susurration—

meaning soft murmuring or rustling sounds.

It’s not a word I read or use every day. I enjoy coming across a cool word when it happens once in a while.

I don’t like it when an author goes out of his/her way to use uncommon words. I like the book to read well (for me).

But when the best word to use happens to be uncommon, the ‘best’ word is still the ‘best’ word.

When I don’t recognize the word and the author includes a little clue to help deduce the meaning, I like it even better.

In the case of the book I was reading today, it was great: The book is quite readable, the word felt (to me) like it belonged, and I could tell what it meant from the context.

(If you want to check out Bella Forrest’s—who I expect has never heard of me, and who certainly has no idea that I’m writing this post—novels, I recommend that you start with The Gender Game.)

Please share a cool word that you read in a book recently, including the title and author of the book. Surely, the author deserves a little publicity for helping you enjoy the word.

Write happy, be happy. 🙂

Chris McMullen

Copyright © 2017

 

8 comments on “What Cool Word Have You Read in a Book Recently?

  1. Widgeon ~ Silly person, used in Regency times. I read it in one of my favorite Regency author’s books and endeavor to use it at least once in each of my books.

  2. Just remember, when writing, that there are words which shouldn’t be used more than, say, once a book, or once a trilogy.

    I always love it when I get to use the perfect word – and then have to remind myself that ‘gerrymandering’ shouldn’t be used more than once in a novel. Unless there is a very specific political plot.

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