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message 1: by Lee (new)

Lee Thought it might be fun to start posting "new" words that we come across in our reading:

Numinous - prayerful

Complect - to weave or entwine together

Both discovered in Swamplandia!


message 2: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I could copy into here whole chunks of the text from Mason and Dixon!!!!!


message 3: by Lee (new)

Lee I think Mr Pynchon may have made up some of them himself


message 4: by Maureen (new)

Maureen | 41 comments Yes, Pynchon has got a vocabulary all of his own!


message 5: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments The most annoying thing for me is that his made up word is either very close to the "proper" word or from its context you can understand what it means. I can't decide whether he is just trying to prove how clever and imaginative HE is or encouraging us to develop our own perception of language. Either way, I'd prefer him not to! But I also smiled at "suture self".


message 6: by Lee (new)

Lee I may be wrong, but I'm getting the impression that you're not the biggest Mason & Dixon fan :0)


message 7: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments Is it that obvious? Lol (is that right? For ages I was like David Cameron and thought this meant lots of love!)


message 8: by Lee (new)

Lee Text speak is a bit of a mystery to me too!


message 9: by Lee (new)

Lee Achromatic - without colour
Swamplandia! again


message 10: by Lee (last edited Nov 12, 2013 12:31PM) (new)

Lee Lugal- King or master -ancient Sumerian

Chryselephantine - made of gold and ivory

The Collector Collector - Tibor Fischer


message 11: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments Deipnosophist - a master of the art of dining. Not yet a master, myself but I'm practising hard!

This along with hundreds of other words which I'm not sure exist from the Thought Gang - Tibor Fischer


message 12: by Lee (new)

Lee Tocsin - An alarm bell or signal

The War of The Worlds - H G Wells


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