This lovely word I’ve known for years, but when I hear it or use it, I always think of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Memory.
Lady Alys, discussing Emperor Gregor’s love interest, whom Miles had mentally called zaftig in an earlier scene:
“Look at Dr. Toscane’s figure. It’s . . . maternal. Not a bone in sight anywhere. All that time I wasted herding tall, slender beauties past him, when I should have been rounding up short, plump beauties. I could cry.” She ate a decisive bite of cream cake, instead.
(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. 😉)
I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. 🙂
I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately, the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.
If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:
Deuces Wild (space opera)
The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)