Friday, September 28, 2012

Follow Friday - Big words


Follow Friday is a feature created by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  It's a fun blog hop where you meet other book bloggers and find people to follow.
Question: What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately -- that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition and book too.
When I saw this question last night I thought CRAP.  I had absolutely no clue.  I'm quite good at reading context clues so I can often skip words that I don't know without stopping to look it up.  Sometimes I'm not even aware that I do this.  I'm actually not a fan over overly complicated language.  I studied journalism and always think "Why use a 500 dollar word when a five dollar word will do?" (One of my professor really said that and it's stuck with me).

But today I'm driving along and listening to my audiobook.  The main character is a freshman in an advanced english class.  He's writing letters to his unborn sibling and intentionally including his vocabulary words.  It's actually really well done and quite funny in this book.  The first was garrulous which means "excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters.

The book is Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie and so far it's fun and well narrated.

20 comments:

Lectus Read said...

Cool word! :-)

Erika Anderson said...

Interesting word! Thanks for stopping by :)

Jessica@a GREAT read said...

Wow! That's a new word for me! I usually infer meaning of words as well by their context. Makes things easier, but if I have to, I will pull out ol' Webster!

Here's my Follow Friday

Have a GREAT weekend!

Old Follower :)

Alisa Selene said...

This was a tough one, good choice!

Moonlit Librarian said...

I like your choice in words. Also, your blog has a great "big word" in it, which I knew the meaning of but not the spelling. :)
New follower!

Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Oh yes. I remember garrulous. One of those SAT words LOL!

I love what your professor said!

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!

Kaitlyn Devin and Grace said...

I hate when an author is using big words like "Hey look at me and how smart I am!!!" but if it feels natural, I don't mind :) Anyway, I'm your newest follower hopping on through from Parajunkee's FF

-Kate the Book Buff
Recent Post: Follow Friday: What’s Your Vocab Kryptonite?

BLHmistress said...

I have never heard of that word. Hopping thru our vocab lessons today. Have a great weekend!

My FF

Charlene C said...

Great word, and that book sounds fantastic for boosting one's vocabulary! :)
I'm a new follower through GFC! My FF post

Libby Calaby said...

Thanks for following my brand new blog, it's great to be a part of such a lovely blogging community, I wish I'd done this earlier!

Libby x

http://www.totallybooked.co.uk

Rinn said...

Hi, I'm a new follower via GFC =)
Rinn
http://rinnreads.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/feature-follow-2.html

The Book List said...

Thanks for stopping by! And great word, never heard that one before!

New follower via GFC, please follow back :)

Rose @ The Book List

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Great word! :D

*New follower*

~Stephanie @ Bookfever

Nanda said...

Interesting word. Thanks for sharing!

And thanks for commenting on my F&F. I rarely look up words I don't know. I usually just figure them out by their context as well.

Morgan Katz said...

Thanks for following! Tha favor has been returned. :)

Emma said...

I know what you mean, I was completely stumped by this... It took me hours to think of something, so I thought of the most obvious and recent books I have read that completely had me looking in a dictionary for, embarrassingly so; Fifty Shades.

Check out my My FF

New Follower! Lovely Blog!

Vanya D. said...

Hey! I like books with SAT words :) Thanks for stopping by my FF!

Nickie said...

Sounds like a cute book! I was actually listening to a piece on NPR where this guy read out his high school essay with all of the SAT words, and it was hilarious. I can imagine this character's letters being likewise silly.

Elisabeth Marie said...

Thanks for the definition! I actually follow a blog that has that word in it, and I never knew what it meant! lol

Karen Moltu said...

Hahaha, loved the word! ^^

Thanks for stopping by, new follower :D