Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Terror Vocabulary

Some words from The Terror by Dan Simmons that I didn't know. Now I do. I feel so much smarter now.

Sastruga: a wavelike ridge of hard snow formed by the wind —usually used in plural

Orlop: the lowest deck in a ship having four or more decks

Serac: a pinnacle, sharp ridge, or block of ice among the crevasses of a glacier

Deliquesced: dissolve or melt away
2. to become soft or liquid with age or maturity —used of some fungal structures

Victualler: 1. one that provisions an army, a navy, or a ship with food
2. the keeper of a restaurant or tavern
3. an army or navy provision ship

Drayage: the work or cost of hauling by dray

Dray: a vehicle used to haul goods; especially : a strong cart or wagon without sides

Ebullient: characterized by ebullience : having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm

Priapic: relating to or preoccupied with virility or male sexual excitement

Amanuensis: one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript

Abattoir: slaughterhouse

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