For the love of words

For the love of words

I have been reading through Arnold Bennett’s Anna of the Five Towns and learning ever more about language, vocabulary, and the written word.

The language employed by Bennett in this story is rich and powerful. The worlds just roll of the tongue in a fascinating and sumptuous way. Words like languorous and timorously.

Others were beyond my recognition, some I’d never even heard of before. A few brand new words for me to relish:

  • Aquiline – of or like the eagle.
  • Erysipelas – an acute, febrile infectious disease, caused by a specific streptococcus
  • Eleemosynary – of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable.
  • Quiescent – being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless:
  • Celerity – swiftness; speed.
  • Sagacious – having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd:
  • Aren’t they just beautiful?

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