My Kindle has a funky little new feature that I’ve grown increasingly fond of over the past year. Traditionally, every time one holds their finger down on a word, it comes up with the definition. It’s an incredibly useful feature, and one that I now find myself sorely missing in physical books. (Looking up words in a separate dictionary? What am I, an animal?!) However, with a Kindle update last spring, this feature now also tracks all the words you looked up and puts them in a big list called ‘Vocabulary Builder’. It’s more like a ‘Vocabulary Walk of Shame’, but it amuses me to no end.
So here are the words that I had no clue what they meant this year. I blame the majority of these on Rick Atkinson, who might have the most absurdly large vocabulary of any contemporary historian I’ve ever read.
So if you know of any of those, congratulations, you are smarter than I was in 2014! I feel slightly redeemed in that even my spell checker doesn’t know some of those words.
Hooray for English!