Words From Oliver Twist

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Articles
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These days I’m reading Oliver Twist, and there are some pretty good vocabulary words in it since it’s a relatively old book. Reading through it, I accumulated 10 words that I didn’t know pretty quickly. We thought we’d put them up, not as a quiz, but just to see if you already knew their meanings and also so that I would have some incentive to look them up 😛 These are the ones I found:

Coterie: A small group of persons who have similar interests and associate frequently.

Encomium: Warms praise; a formal expression of praise.

Culled: To pick out from others; to collect; something picked out from others, especially something rejected due to inferior quality.

Sordid: Dirty or filthy; squalid, wretched; morally degraded; exceedingly avaricious.

Multifarious: Having great variety.

Jaundice: Yellowish staining of the eyes, skin, and body fluids by bile pigment; a pathological condition in which the normal processing of bile is interrupted; prejudice or jealousy.

Postilion: One who rides the left hand lead horse to guide the horses drawing a coach.

Prerogative: An exclusive, especially hereditary or official right or privilege; any exclusive right or privilege; a natural gift or advantage making on superior; superiority, pre-eminence. Adjective: Of, stemming from, or exercising a prerogative.

Harridan: A shrewish woman.

Parochial: Of, related to, supported by, or located in a parish; narrowly restricted.

How many did you know? By the way, semi-colons indicate the beginning of new definitions. Anyway it’s good to learn new words, don’t you think?

Comments
  1. julespaige says:

    Here you go… when you have time – enjoy the series from the beginning 🙂
    Just Twisted

    • Whoa! Very cool! We’ll have to start from the beginning now. How can you keep up with more than 1 blog is what we want to know 🙂

      • julespaige says:

        😉 I’ve got one for daily short verse, one for longer poems and then flash fiction. It’s just how I keep things *cough* organized for me. So different prompts go to different places depending on how I want to write.

        I think if you have a paid site you can do that same kind of organizing in one place. But that’s how I started doing things. So I’m sticking with it. Sometimes you can teach and old dog new tricks… and sometimes the old ‘gal’ just wants things the way they were.

        I’m really not tech savvy at all. 🙂 I just like to write creatively…

      • Wow! That’s a lot of writing! Sounds organized too. You do well at writing creatively 🙂

      • julespaige says:

        I’ve been writing since I was 10 – I’m a grama now 😉
        Our youngest turns 30 this summer. 🙂

  2. […] https://theweeklyday.com/2015/05/12/words-from-oliver-twist/ Coterie: A small group of persons who have similar interests and associate frequently. Encomium: Warms praise; a formal expression of praise. Culled: To pick out from others; to collect; something picked out from others, especially something rejected due to inferior quality. Sordid: Dirty or filthy; squalid, wretched; morally degraded; exceedingly avaricious. Multifarious: Having great variety. Jaundice: Yellowish staining of the eyes, skin, and body fluids by bile pigment; a pathological condition in which the normal processing of bile is interrupted; prejudice or jealousy. Postilion: One who rides the left hand lead horse to guide the horses drawing a coach (when there is no coachman who would be riding the carriage). Prerogative: An exclusive, especially hereditary or official right or privilege; any exclusive right or privilege; a natural gift or advantage making on superior; superiority, pre-eminence. Adjective: Of, stemming from, or exercising a prerogative. Harridan: A shrewish woman. = shewish: (of a woman) bad-tempered or aggressively assertive. Parochial: Of, related to, supported by, or located in a parish; narrowly restricted. […]

  3. julespaige says:

    I knew about half. I may use some or all of these words for a story…
    I’ll send you the link when I write it. 🙂

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