Vocabulary Rocks!

Braggadocio: -noun 1) Empty, vain, or pretentious bragging. 2) A swaggering, cocky manner. 3) A boasting person; a braggart. Origin: after Braggadocchio, boastful character in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590)

I had Darcy refer to his arrogant assurance at one point as braggadocio. I hesitated to use the word as it is odd, but figured the context would make the meaning clear. Plus, I just loved the word!

Saga: -noun 1) A form of novel in which the members or generations of a family or social group are chronicled in a long and leisurely narrative. 2) A narrative telling the adventures of a hero or a family; originally (12th to 14th centuries) a story of the families that settled Iceland and their descendants, but now any prose narrative that resembles such an account. : epic, tale, history, story

It should be obvious why I added this word! I have received some criticism for my tale not having a ‘plot’ in the traditional meaning of the word. That is why the title Darcy Saga was consciously chosen and emphasized; so that there would be no misunderstanding or pretenses as to how my novels are formatted. Construction and premise should be evident.

Bewitch: -verb 1) To affect by witchcraft or magic; to cast a spell over. 2) To charm, fascinate, enchant, captivate completely, attract strongly, and cause to be enamored. Origin: c. 1205 Middle English biwhiccen: probably bi-, be+ wicchen (from Old English wiccian, from wicce, witch, or wicca,  sorcerer)

Well, I do not think Lizzy a sorceress in disguise! The second definition is more applicable. I know that is how I feel about this story, so can readily relate to Mr. Darcy’s declaration.


2 Comments for Vocabulary Rocks!

  1. Wow, so that was what Braggadocio meant. I didn’t understand that word while I was reading it as I must admit I didn’t particularly pay attention as I should’ve had, but now that you mentioned it…vocabulary rocks (if you are into defining difficult English words), indeed! Except, my pocket dictionary didn’t have that word to define it as I was looking for meaning, lol.

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