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.
From The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
valetudinarian: a person of a weak or sickly constitution; especially one whose chief concern is his or her ill health
“My health is somewhat fragile,” he remarked, as he led the way down the passage. “I am compelled to be a valetudinarian.”
snib: to latch
“Window is snibbed on the inner side…”
ratiocination: 1. the process of exact thinking: reasoning; 2. a reasoned train of thought
Today, the brilliant amateur could never edge out the professionals, because it’s the police who have the technology. With Holmes, we’re back in happier times, when ratiocination ruled.
From The Sense of Paper by Taylor Holden:
serried: crowded or pressed together
A serried rank of press photographers was lined up outside, their flashlights popping.