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Unfamiliar words from The Watch Below

I just finished reading "The Watch Below" by James White (1966).There were just four words I didn't know.

astrogator: the navigator of a spacecraft, as in celestial flight (I knew what this meant from context, but I didn't recall seeing the word before.)

emetic: an agent that causes vomiting (I'd seen this, but never looked it up)

serge: a twilled cloth of worsted or worsted and wool, often used for suits

withal: in addition; besides (I've seen "withal", but I realized I couldn't come close to defining it. Here's the sentence in the book, "It was cold and dark withal, for its occupants had practically nothing in common with humanity save the possession of high intelligence." (page 110)

Jon

Next book: Orphanage by Robert Buettner (2004)

Jon Maloney
4 years ago

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You seem to have enjoyed coming across words with which you are unfamiliar. I like this too and am never far from a dictionary. However, if you would like to further your wordsmithing, try this site. http://www.freerice.com/index.php You improve your vocabulary and feed the world while having a bit of fun!
Randy Schultz
3 years ago
I used to do that quite a bit until I tired of it. I just now went to the site again and decided to give grains until I missed a word. I missed "clinquant" (glittering) and only gave 40 grains this time. Thanks for posting the link.

Jon

Jon Maloney
3 years ago
One short enough I can wrap my foggy brain around. I knew serge, but my understanding of withal was on your level.

I've got a permanent link to freerice on my blog -- and there are other games besides vocabulary games, too.

Nicholas
3 years ago
Whoops! I knew emetic, too.
Nicholas
3 years ago
I played some more after I read your post. Incredibly, "serge" was one of the words.

I've passed the link around. My brother recently earned 1900 grains in one session.

It's interesting how often I seem to run into words again shortly after posting them. I've run into emetic twice, counterpane, and others recently.

Jon

Jon Maloney
3 years ago

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