Welcome to Wondrous Words Wednesday, a great meme for learning new words (or for getting a refresher!) Visit Kathy at Bermuda Onion for links to other interesting vocab.
Today I’m sharing another word from The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith. It’s a great mystery that I haven’t had enough time to read lately! (Too many presents to wrap…)
Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling, writes with finesse:
Exhausted as Strike was, it took awhile for him to fall asleep, and when he did, Charlotte wove in and out of every dream, gorgeous, vituperative, and haunted.
vituperative \vī-‘tü-pǝr-rāt-iv\ adj from Latin vituperare from vitium fault + parare to make;
containing or characterized by verbal abuse
I spent the weekend working at my daughter’s swim meet – we hosted over 1000 swimmers from across the state and beyond. Our aquatics center throbbed with shouts of coaches, athletes, and parents. A competitive atmosphere like that creates the perfect milieu for stress and vituperative outbursts.
Word Nerd Workout
Think of a character, from fiction or your own life, that you could describe as vituperative. My example: Rosa Hubermann, Liesel Meminger’s foster-mother in The Book Thief.
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