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Take that, Henry James.

Sometimes writing these sentences makes me querulous because I lack the perspicacity, trenchancy and assiduity to think of ways to use the words, instead I find myself incommoded and want to prevaricate.

Hebdomadal ReviewHenry James isn’t the only one who can write complex sentences.  Go ahead take these words, write up your own little ditty, and post it in the comments.  It will make me less querulous.  Here are the words:

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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Next up: Invidious

Last week we learned about the word incommoded.  It seemed like a silly word to me, but I didn’t want to say anything, you know how much I respect Henry James.

But then I found out that Isabel felt it was a difficult piece of vocab to swallow herself.

“You (Osmund) don’t offend me; but you ought to remember that, without being offended, one may be incommoded, troubled.” “Incommoded”: she heard herself saying that, and it struck her as a ridiculous word.  But it was what stupidly came to her.

It’s okay, Isabel, it happens to the best of us – the author’s words begin to become our own.  You should hear how many times I use the ignominy now.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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Ignoring My Ban

Classic Word of the Dayincommoded – v.  disturbed, inconvenienced

Classical Usage:  In Chapter XV Isabel leaves Ralph to take a cab to the hotel on her own.  He offers to see her safely to the inn, but she turns down his offer, adding that he is tired, and must go home to bed.  After she departs he thinks to himself, “When people forget I’m a poor creature I’m often incommoded, . . . but it’s worse when they remember it!”

Classically Mad Usage:  Do you know what incommodes me?  Potty training twins.  We’re constantly in commode.


Posted by on January 27, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady


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