Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion. The idea is for bloggers to post about the unfamiliar words they have encountered in their reading the past week. Click over to read other book bloggers’ Wondrous Words, and leave a link to your post of some Wondrous Words of your own.
Two of my words this week come from the poem “A Good List” by Brad Leithauser. I received this poem in my e-mail box as part of National Poetry Month. Click the title to read the whole thing; it’s fabulous.
mulct: 1: to punish by a fine; 2 a: to defraud especially of money : swindle b: to obtain by fraud, duress, or theft
usufruct: the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits or profits of something belonging to another
Never mulcted—so far as I understand the term.
Or unjustly usufructed.
My last word comes from Housekeeping vs. the Dirt, Nick Hornby’s book of columns from “The Believer.”
poetaster: an inferior poet
You lot are probably all familiar with the Abbe Gauchat, the Theatines, the Jansenists, and the literary criticism of Elie-Catherine Freron, but I’m afraid I found myself flicking frantically between the text and the footnotes at the end; I was unhappily reminded of the time I had to spend at school reading Alexander Pope’s equally mordant attacks on poetasters and so forth. ~ p. 89
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