Book Reviews

‘The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.’ Alan Bennett

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” ― Franz Kafka

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by BermudaOnion and is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  

I'm highlighting words that are new to me/that I really like/that struck me for some reason..!

These came from The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, which I read recently.

1. equerry (noun)

1. A personal attendant to the British royal household.
2. An officer charged with supervision of the horses belonging to a royal or noble household

2. divagations (verb)

1. To wander or drift about.
2. To ramble; digress.

3. amanuensis (noun)

One who is employed to take dictation or to copy manuscript.

4. adumbrate (verb)

1. To give a sketchy outline of.
2. To prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow.
3. To disclose partially or guardedly.
4. To overshadow; shadow or obscure.


  1. I love this meme as I love obscure but interesting words.

    I am currently reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and it is full of these odd and fun words.

    I think that my favorite entry on your list today is "adumbrate." There is something that I like about the way that it looks.

    1. Thanks very much for visiting and commenting Brian, I enjoy taking part in this one though haven't managed it for a while. I love the title of that novel you're reading, hope it's a good read.

  2. Wow, I didn't know any of these, although I had a good guess for divagations. (Have never heard it used in books or speaking, though.) Thanks for "playing"!

    1. Thanks very much for visiting and commenting Julia, glad you enjoyed these ones.

  3. All were new to me too. I like adumbrate as I do that quite often when I'm describing a story or plot outline. I'm glad you joined in today.

    1. Glad they were interesting ones to you too Margot, thank you for the kind comment and for visiting.

  4. An amazing book. Our Readers Group read it a while ago and it was one of those rare novels that we all enjoyed which is something that doesn't happen often.

    1. It's brilliant isn't it! I'm so glad you enjoyed it too Tracy. I thought it was so enjoyable and so well written.

  5. Nice words. I've come across all of them fairly recently. Useful to have reminders to the meaning though :) Welcome back to WWW.

    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting Jane, glad you enjoyed these and thank you for the welcome back.


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