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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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It’s Back

With very little truckling, a great deal of jocosely behavior, and possibly even some invidiousness, it’s safe to say I’ve never experienced a prosaic evening in a caravansary with our family of seven, and any mountebank who claims it’s possible is, well, a mountebank.

Hebdomadal Review

It’s been a long time, so I’ll review the rules, suggestions, pleas for participation.  Make up your own composition using as many of these words as you can and post it in the comments. The words are:
invidious
jocosely
prosaic
truckle
caravansary
mountebank

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady

 

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Subtle Humor Wins Again

Classic Word of the Dayinvidious – adj.  likely to arouse resentment or anger

Classical Usage:  In Chapter I we meet “the old gentleman,” but before we learn his name we learn of his background and character.  It [his face] seemed to tell that he had been successful in life, yet it seemed to tell also that his success had not been exclusive and invidious, but had much the of the inoffensiveness of failure.

Classically Mad Usage:  It’s sentences like the above that make me enjoy Mr. James’ writing, which is good, because sometime the extreme lack of plot makes me a touch on the invidious side.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in The Portrait of a Lady

 

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