11 March 2014

"Call Me Ishmael"

So I finally finished Moby Dick.  Whew, a long read.  The author aptly writes in it, "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme."  This was most definitely a mighty book. 
Good story but the book is so thorough and detailed that it takes quite a while to get through.  Happy to have read it and it will look fabulous on my book shelf! 
I did make a list of words I wasn't sure on the meaning of, so I thought I'd share them here...

higgeldy-piggeldy (I knew what this one meant, just put it on the list because I was happy to read it.)
cetology: the study of Cetacea (whales, dolphins, etc)
sallow: unhealthy yellow complexion
hie: to go quickly
ibid.: in the same source (used to same space) [see: Good Will Hunting]
impetus: the force with which something moves
obstreperously:  unruly or resisting restraint
desirous: having desire
connexion: different spelling of connection
farrago: a confused mixture, jumble
indecorous: not in keeping good taste, improper
ablutions: act of washing one's self
patrician: aristocrat, nobleman
scoria: a type of lava, frothy & cindery
brevet: type of military commission
verdure: lush, green vegetation
cupidity: greed for money & possessions
obliquity: astronomy term re: difference in angles of equatorial and orbital angles
confabulations: memory disturbance
vitiated: spoiled
ignomity: public shame or disgrace
nonce: a word coined for a singular occasion
spile: wood peg for stopping a kask
sagacity/sagacious: showing keen mental skills or good judgment
celerity: swiftness in movement
apoplexy: incapacity from cerebral hemorrhage
prate: talk foolishly or tediously
tierce: old liquid measure
palavering: talk at length unnecessarily
succor: give assistance to
puissant: having great power or influence
tain: thin tin foil, behind mirrors
craven: cowardly
mizen: part of a ship's mainmast
binnacle: housing for a ship's compass
scuttle: metal container for storing coal
abstemious: not self-indulgent, esp while eating
cypher: a code, or a zero
miasma: highly unpleasant smell
veracity: conformity to facts, accuracy
irascible : easily angered
vacuity: empty-headedness
perfidious: untrustworthy
portentousness: sign or warning, ominous
argosy: large ship
scaramouch: an Italian clown/comedian?

 

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations. I've only listened to it, and that took me a long time & a lot of driving. But worth it. Now, since your old enough, I can recommend Dante's Comedia (a/k/a The Divine Comedy). Really great and enthralling, although I recommend a translation that includes good notes, as many of the references will be unfamiliar. The descriptions, however, stand by themselves. If you stick with it, you get to Heaven (Paradiso)!

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  2. My brain hurt from reading the list. :)

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