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Wondrous Words Wednesday

September 17, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found three more words in Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.

1. scrag – “Of course he could blow the vest right then and there and scrag a hundred or more, but that isn’t what he wants.”

Scrag has quite a few gruesome meanings but, in this case, it means to kill or murder.


2. dosh – “He guesses that Aunt Charlotte’s biggest interest in Janey right now is what happens to all the lovely dosh Janey inherited from her sister.”

According to Urban Dictionary, dosh is slang for an amount of money.


3. animus – “At first it still doesn’t, because when Pete and Isabelle questioned him, Hodges simply plucked Abbascia’s name out of his mental file of old cases where someone might bear him animus . . . and there have been several hundred of those over the years.”

In this case, animus means a usually prejudiced and often spiteful or malevolent ill will.


 What words do you want to celebrate today?

20 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2014 4:20 am

    I didn’t know any of these!

  2. September 17, 2014 5:55 am

    Now dosh is one I know, and still use. Must be my English’ness coming out of me

  3. September 17, 2014 6:55 am

    I didn’t know scrag in this context/with this meaning. Dosh is well known over here in the UK. I didn’t know animus but might have guessed from animosity. Thank you for hosting!

  4. September 17, 2014 7:47 am

    Dosh is new one for me!

  5. September 17, 2014 7:56 am

    I have heard of scrag but not this meaning. Dosh is slang over here particularly Cockney. I have come across animus too.

  6. September 17, 2014 7:57 am

    Scrag sounds like the perfect word for King 🙂

  7. September 17, 2014 9:32 am

    Animus yes. Not so with the other 2.

  8. Patty permalink
    September 17, 2014 9:40 am

    Oooh…I love dosh! I am adopting it!

  9. September 17, 2014 9:46 am

    All new words for me today. Although I thought animosity when I saw animus. So I was in the ballpark. I came across lot so unfamiliar words reading Stephen King this week too.

  10. September 17, 2014 11:11 am

    Although I don’t read Stephen King’s scary stories, I have to admire his writing ability and all the new words he gives his readers.

  11. September 17, 2014 11:15 am

    I’m with Margot- usually too chicken to read King. But Kathy has assured me that Mr. Mercedes isn’t too scary. Great words – I like how The Little Reader Library related animus to animosity- makes it stick for me!

  12. September 17, 2014 11:29 am

    These are all so Stephen King! I wasn’t planning to read this book but I’m eager to hear what you think of it. I’m scared to look up scrag for the other gruesome meanings.

  13. Beth Hoffman permalink
    September 17, 2014 11:29 am

    Scrag and dosh are new to me!

  14. September 17, 2014 1:27 pm

    I must admit that I didn’t know the correct meanings of any of these words either. Mr. Mercedes sounds a terrific story by Stephen King, as well as a good way to improve your vocabulary!

  15. September 17, 2014 4:13 pm

    Never knew those

  16. September 17, 2014 4:19 pm

    I like the word dosh.

  17. jilllora permalink
    September 17, 2014 11:12 pm

    I could use some dosh. 😉

  18. September 18, 2014 10:31 am

    Didn’t know any of them.

  19. September 20, 2014 10:09 pm

    I hadn’t heard of any of these, I like dosh.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    September 26, 2014 7:53 am

    Scrag — murder? Who’d have thought?

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