A Fleur de Peau

Eva Herzigova photographed by Matthew Brookes in Le Monde
Eva Herzigova photographed by Matthew Brookes in Le Monde

À Fleur de Peau
-close to the surface of the skin

Though I don’t agree with that translation. À fleur de peau is also used to describe when your skin becomes extremely sensitive to anything that touches it, being sensitive.

-sensitive
-not going deeper than the surface of the skin
-superficial
-emotional

Oblication

Oblication | “A vacation combined with an obligation, such as a work engagement or visiting family.”

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Oblication is a portmanteau of obligation and vacation. I really like it!

Book Squadrons

I started reading Schott’s Vocab about a week ago and I have to say that it really cracks me up. Book squadrons refer to state-sponsored book clubs set up by Hugo Chavez’s administration.

Roving book squadrons?

I really liked this bit:

Beyond the book give-aways, another key part of the Reading Plan are thousands of “book squadrons.”

These are basically roving book clubs that are intended to encourage reading on the metro, in public squares and in parks.

Each squadron wears a different colour to identify their type of book. For example, the red team promotes autobiographies while the black team discusses books on “militant resistance.”

The government say they will spread the word of the benefits of reading to the rest of the community. The opposition say they are the thought police.

(via schott’s vocab)

NY Times and Its Challenging Words

If you are a NYT reader, you know that if you double-click a word, you’ll get the defintion. Personally, it’s a feature that I find annoying, but it turns out that the NYT mines this data and released some figures. Here are some of my faves from the list:

sui generis
epistemological
shibboleths
parlous
adenoidal
feckless
solipsism
sartorial
hagiography
antebellum
comity
profligacy
Sisyphean
inchoate
apoplectic
bildungsroman
peroration
recondite
appurtenances
glut
fecklessness

Symria Wordle

I’ve put what I’ve written in my novel Symria into Wordle. Here are the results.

Ivan is the main character in this young adult novel.

Facetious

\fə-ˈsē-shəs\

Adjective

facetious (comparative more facetious, superlative most facetious)

  1. Treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
  2. Pleasantly humourous, jocular

This word uses all five vowels just once and in alphabetical order (others are abstemious, abstentious, annelidous, arsenious, casesious and fracedinous). If y is counted as a vowel, then facetiously uses all six vowels in alphabetical order.