The following words and their definitions come up in today’s episode, as well as the context in which they’re used in the books they appear. There is also a brief description of each book.

The last part of the podcast includes some writing advice or insights into the craft of writing.

Words Featured in Today’s Episode

Remonstrating – Make a forcefully reproachful protest.

Hackles – Erectile hairs along an animals’s back which rise when it is angry or alarmed.

Mufti – A Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters, or: (slang for “civilian attire”), refers to plain or ordinary clothes, especially when worn by one who normally wears, or has long worn, a military or other uniform.

Shufti – A look, or reconnoitre especially a quick one.

Sluicing – A sliding gate or other device for controlling the flow of water and it’s the act of rinsing or showering with water.

Bumptious – Irritatingly self-assertive.

Avidity – Keen interest or enthusiasm, and in biochemistry it means: The overall strength of binding between an antibody and an antigen.

Cinch – An extremely easy task.

Stymie – To prevent or hinder the progress of.

Vindication – To clear someone of blame or suspicion. Or to show or prove to be right.

Featured Books in Today’s Episode:

“A Question of Blood” by Ian Rankin.
“Alys Always” by Harriet Lane.
“Team of Teamsby Stanley McChrystal.

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