The first two words come from one of my recently finished books, Relative Fortunes by Marlowe Benn
“Avoid their table at all costs,” Wright said. “Rankin’s a bore, and his wife’s a regular Xanthippe.”
“Good Lord, Julia thought. Glennis might be simple-minded and prone to wild fancies, but that was better than this sly sophistry.”
XANTHIPPE – Definition: The wife of Socrates.
XANTHIPPE – Proverbial: As a scolding and quarrelsome woman.
SOPHISTRY – The use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
This is a word I discovered whilst reading the official biography page of author:
“Alfred Birney (1951) is the author of an oeuvre of largely autobiographical fiction and non-fiction, in which his family’s Dutch-Indies history often plays a central role.”
OEUVRE – A substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer.
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