Suggested by Nithin:
I’ve always wondered what other people do when they come across a word/phrase that they’ve never heard before. I mean, do they jot it down on paper so they can look it up later, or do they stop reading to look it up on the dictionary/google it or do they just continue reading and forget about the word?
I love new words and phrases in books. If the husband (with his freakishly large vocabulary) is around I'll ask him. If not I turn down the page and come back to it.
The last book I read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart had many brilliant new words in. Not all of them real but still a lot of fun.
"When there's a negative word or expression – immaculate, for example – but the positive is almost never used, and you choose to use it, you become rather amusing. Or pretentious. . . . The neglected positive of immaculate is maculate, meaning morally blemished or stained. . . Other times the neglected positive is not a word. It is an imaginary neglected positive, or INP"
impetuous - Petuous - meaning careful.
Ept, meaning competent, from inept.
Turbed, meaning relaxed and comfortable, from disturbed.
After the explanation (which originally came about from P.G Wodehouse using gruntled) Frankie uses INP's throughout the book and they gave me pause. New words really leap off the page at me.
I think its a great way to play with language and would be a lot of fun to do in the classroom.
Can you think up any neglected positives or better yet INP's?