Wondrous Words Wednesday

 vocabularyWondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion’s Weblog where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun. (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)


I haven’t done this meme in a few weeks, but because I’ve been too lazy busy to write up a review this week, I thought I’d show you how dumb I am.  Many of you probably know these words already.. not me, though!

All of these come from Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.  I’m reading an ARC so the page numbers might be off in the final edits.

gormless– “He hung back, keeping his eye on them and feeling pervy and gormless, not to mention highly noticeable.”  pg. 108

definition:  –adjective 

 Chiefly British Informal.


bloviating–  “You’re just bloviating.  Get on with it.”  pg. 164  

definition:  –verb (used without object), ‑at⋅ed, ‑at⋅ing.

to speak pompously.

truncheon–  “Well, sorry to be such poor company, but I really do have to finish this or my editor will be at my door with a truncheon.”  pg 217

definition:  –noun

1. the club carried by a police officer; billy.
2. a staff representing an office or authority; baton.
3. the shattered shaft of a spear.
4. Obsoletecudgel; bludgeon.        


I used to think that, even if I didn’t know a word, I could usually infer the meaning from the context.  The only one in my list I guessed right on was bloviating.  What about you?  Do you normally guess right, based on the context, when you come across a word you don’t know?