Unusual Words, A.S. Byatt Edition

This week I was cleaning off my desk, and I came across the notes I took while reading A.S. Byatt’s Possession back in April (yes, it took me more than six months to clean my desk). About halfway through the novel, I started writing down all the rare and delightful words that pop up in the text—and ended up with four pages’ worth. I wonder if A.S. Byatt’s everyday speech is peppered with this kind of unusual vocabulary.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • carapace
  • silex
  • besprent
  • celandine
  • exiguous
  • vulpine
  • recension
  • odylic
  • moquette
  • aperçu
  • hypostatisation

What are your favorite bookish sources for unusual words?

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