Diana's strange and unusual words
Just to name a few of my favorites:
coccygodynia (from DRUMS OF AUTUMN)
poltroon (from DRAGONFLY IN AMBER)
chisping (from BOTB)
absquatulation (title of ABOSAA chapter 94)
And in a recent discussion on Compuserve, Diana used the word armigerous, which had me completely baffled, until I looked it up. <g>
I think this thread on the subject was particularly interesting. What it reveals is that Diana has a fascination for those odd and unusual words, and she does indeed sprinkle them in her books on purpose, just as some of us had suspected. <g>
What do you think of her use of unusual words? Do you keep a dictionary nearby when you read? Jot down words to look up later? Or does this sort of thing get in the way of your enjoyment of the story? Do you have a favorite example of one of these unusual words?
Speaking only for myself, I love it when I encounter words like these in Diana's books. The really bizarre ones always make me laugh.