Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. So I would like to say welcome to everyone who is visiting for the first time! Here you will find an eclectic bunch of book reviews. I read a bunch of genres and generally whatever catches my eye, while pushing myself to read books that I wouldn't normally pick up.
This weeks question is: 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.
I'm currently reading 1984 for Banned Books Week and just the other night I came across the word palimpsest used in the line "All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and re-inscribed exactly as often as was necessary." I had never heard the word before and Dictionary.com defines it as "a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text." Totally makes sense, kind of gathered that from the rest of the sentence, but I didn't know there was one word for it!
I also just finished reading The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson and it includes Jamaican folklore elements including the rolling calf. I had never heard of a rolling calf so I asked my husband about it. He said "it's hard to explain" and then gave me a very basic explanation - something along the lines of "a big scary calf." So I had to look it up online and the explanation stated that most people under the age of 50 don't know what it is because if you asked an older person, they were so afraid of it, they would tell you to mind your business. My husband said it's true and that's why he doesn't know how to explain it!
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