What's the meaning of "cantered"? Related to horses. Canter is "the pace of a horse or other quadruped between a trot and a gallop, with not less than one foot on the ground at any time". Found in "The Letter" by Kathryn Hughes.
What's the meaning of "winceyette"? "A lightweight napped flannelette, used especially for nightclothes and undergarments, and it’s a British term. " For those of you who are not as indoctrinated in the garment vocabulary, a flannelette is a soft cloth made of cotton. Found in "The Letter" by Kathryn Hughes.
What's the meaning of "atoll"? A ring-shaped reef, island or chain of islands formed of coral. Found in "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely.
What's the meaning of "mollified"? "To appease the anger or anxiety of someone. As you can see, today the words have a similar emotional connection." Found in "Breaking Cover" by Stella Rimington.
What's the meaning of "chagrin"? "An annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated. And it can also be a a verb, if you are chagrined, you are distressed or humiliated." Found in "Breaking Cover" by Stella Rimington.
What's the meaning of "recce"? "An informal term for reconnaissance, and reconnoiter, it’s an abbreviation of those two words that started being used in the 1940s." Found in "Breaking Cover" by Stella Rimington.
What's the meaning of "ensconce"? "To establish or settle someone in a comfortable, safe place. " Found in "Breaking Cover" by Stella Rimmington.
Subscribe on iTunes: 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…
Today’s advice is all about writing suspense, and it comes from that great mistress of suspense Patricia Highsmith. Now for a little confession: as of today, I haven’t yet read any of her books, but I’ve watched plenty of Hitchcock’s adaptations of her work to know that she knows what she’s talking about. And if…