Wondrous Words Wednesday
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My words this week come from Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton.
1. ratiocination – “The mystery story, on the other hand, proposes a puzzle with a crime at its center, but doesn’t rely on the ratiocinations of a sleuth to drive the plot towards its conclusions.”
Rationcination means the process of exact thinking: reasoning. There’s probably a reason I didn’t know that word.
2. vagary – “I’d just wrapped up a case and I had a check in my handbag for four thousand bucks, not bad considering the fact that I’m a female private eye, self-employed, and subject to the feast or famine vagaries of any other freelance work.”
Vagary means an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action or notion.
3. protean – “I do not necessarily maintain that today’s hard-boiled hero/ine is cast of finer mettle, only that s/he is more diverse, more protean, a multifaceted arbiter of our desires in conflict.”
Protean means of or resembling Proteus in having a varied nature or ability to assume different forms.