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This is a second helping of words from ‘His Chosen Bride’ by Sherry Gloag
‘… Would make tonight’s plans less straightforward, but not scupper them completely.’
SCUPPER … 1. An opening in the side of a ship at deck level to allow water to run off.
2. An opening for draining off water, as from a floor or the roof of a building.
3. To overwhelm or massacre.
4. To ruin or destroy
I knew a couple of the definitions for this word, however there are also a couple of new definitions to me, more opportunities to use the word in conversation now!
‘Her attempt at hauteur failed, sabotaged by another laugh.’
HAUTEUR … (French in origin) … Haughtiness in bearing and attitude; arrogance.
This one I could probably have guessed at, but I looked it up just to be sure. Don’t some words just sound so much more ???? in French.
‘ … That is so unlike my phlegmatic brother, I nearly choked with laughter.’
PHLEGMATIC … 1. Of or relating to phlegm; phlegmy.
2. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional; stolid
3. Not easily excited.
I knew the first definition of this word, but couldn’t see just how that fit in with the sentiment of the sentence. The other definitions were new to me.
‘What was all that caterwauling about?’
CATERWAULING … 1. To cry or screech like a cat in heat.
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