Word Lovers Look Up!

The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is LOOK UP. This expression may well yield a lot of different perspectives. When I looked out my window this morning and up into the sky, I saw the first-returning flock of Canada geese. What delight!

Having just read a couple of stories written around 1910, I’ve had to do some looking up. I’ve come across a number of words that may have once been common in educated circles – the main characters are medical men – but are now rare. So I’ve looked up some of these, though I won’t be throwing them into my own literary endeavors or everyday conversations.

– ambiguity, mystery
– having a veiled or hidden meaning
Though his remark was made with clever obliquity, the meaning was caught by a few of the listeners.

– verbal abuse or condemnation spoken publicly
– the condition of one who’s been disgraced
If we couldn’t discover the truth, she may have to endure forever the obloquy of being the main suspect in a murder case.

– alike, comparable, similar in general or in some specific detail
– similar in a way that invites comparison
Berating someone publicly is analogous to a vicious physical attack. Obloquy causes deep wounds, too.

I know what a currant is, but I couldn’t find any definition of this expression. The ship in question is always referred to as a currant ship or boat; I assume it was a cruise ship of some sort.
“He has gone for a trip to the Isles of Greece on a currant ship”

– clustered in a dense mass or head
– a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another
The character of an individual tends to be reflected in his dress…this fact, though less familiar, is equally applicable to aggregates of men. Lawyers, for example, tend to dress…”

– to thrust out, extrude
– to force or impose (oneself, one’s ideas, etc.) without warrant or request
“I should apologize for obtruding upon the reader these somewhat trite reflections.”

– impoverished or penniless
— people engaged in a lawsuit

“There are no hospitals for impecunious litigants; it is assumed that only persons of means have a right to go to law.”

7 thoughts on “Word Lovers Look Up!

    1. I’m sure people used words like Howsoever and Moreover — rather than Like.
      Then: “Yes, I think you really ought to go. Moreover, it would be a comfort to the family if you were there.”
      Now: “Like, yeah, it’d be cool if you went. Like, the family would be pumped to see you there.”


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