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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Literary pet peeves

In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen


Bookish Sarah asks:

What are your literary “pet peeves”?



Put too many swear words in a story and I lose interest. Too much cursing sounds like limited vocabulary, stunted creativity. The other one is something I have experienced for the first time - a novel with an unlikeable character. The Wise Woman is my first Philippa Gregory. If I wasn't fond of historical fiction (besides thinking that Gregory is brilliant at her genre) I wouldn't have minded not finishing the book. The heroine is so unlikeable almost every page developed in me a distaste of her that even her death in the conclusion didn't convince me it redeemed her. I want my reading experience (outside work) to be a pleasure; not characters that I don't enjoy.

 Thursday 13: Unusual words that begin with letter N


You may be familiar with or have encountered the following words already. If you do not know what they mean, I hope you have as much fun guessing as I had fun putting them together. 


1. nephogram - is a photograph of (a) lungs     (b) diaphragm     (c) clouds
2. nodated - means (a) knotted     (b) sprained     (c) inundated
3. neuralgiform - is like or shaped like a (a) brain     (b) nerve     (c) esophagus
4. nidify - to build a (a) nest     (b) an invalid argument     (c) wooden box
5. nesiote - means living (a) by a lake     (b) on a dessert     (c) on an island
6. ninon -  is (a) silk      (b) cotton     (c) taffeta
7. nacarat -  means (a) tangerine     (b) bright orange-red     (c) gold
8. naology - is architecture study of (a) a temple     (b)a manor house     (c)a castle
9. natiform - is shaped like (a)a nose     (b) buttocks     (c) hips
10. nemoricolous - means living in (a) valleys     (b) forests     (c) mountains
11. nervure - means vein of a (a)petal     (b) leaf     (c) fruit
12. nipter - is ceremony of washing the (a) feet     (b) nose     (c) hands
13. nepenthe - is something capable of making one forget suffering such as              (a) a drink     (b) an inhalant     (c) a liniment

Answers: 1. (c) clouds   2. (a) knotted   3. (b) nerve   4. (a) nest   5. (c) an island        6. (a) silk   7. (b) bright orange-red   8. (a) temple   9. (b) buttocks   10. (b) forests   11. (b) leaf   12. (a) feet   13. (a) drink

Courtesy to The Phrontistery for the list.

11 comments:

  1. Foul language is unpleasant to read. And unlikeable characters can make a book tough to get through. You can see my pet peeves here
    Happy reading!

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  2. Good pet peeves! I have read some books recently in which one or more of the characters were so unlikeable that I felt like throwing the book at the wall...but I stopped myself. I liked the book...just not those one or so characters.

    Here's MY THURSDAY MEMES POST

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  3. Yes I totally agree on the unlikable character.

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  4. Bad language is definitely one of mine.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/booking-through-thursday_19.html

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  5. The language depends on the context and whether it fits the character. Liked your vocab segment. There were a few I did not know. Thanks for visiting today!

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  6. I got four right- good guesses I think.


    Have a great Thursday!
    http://harrietandfriends.com/2012/04/are-you-influnetial/

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  7. i'm not going to lie: swearing - even excess swearing - doesn't bother me. i have a foul mouth in real life, so it would be a bit hypocritical of me to hate it. however, i couldn't agree more about the unlikeable characters.

    my btt.

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  8. I didn't do too bad at guessing, but I am still too embarrassed to say how many. You made me think today, danggit! Thanks for sharing.

    The Food Temptress

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  9. That's okay. You will outgrow swearing. Here's wishing you more loads of fun in reading. And quite importantly, learning.

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  10. Wow!! as a non-native, I don't know any of those words. thank you for sharing it and I hope I remember them all ;)

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