Good afternoon, kiddies!
I am currently reading Not The End of the World (for the second time).
The reasons why I love reading Kate Atkinson - I mean, besides the fact that she is my better half's uncle's cousin, so in that way I am a relative by proxy - mainly stem from the wide range of vocabulary she uses. I mean, who else would say words like "pre-prandial" and "reliquary?" (Pre-prandial: before a meal. Reliquary: a container of relics.) I actually had to look these up, which always gives me a little thrill. It reminds me of how much I like to learn new things. Especially things literary. I guess this really just goes to show I am the nerdiest of nerds.
I took Etymology in high school and was probably the only one in the whole room of seventeen-year-olds who actually enjoyed doing homework. (Etymology: the study of words.)
And so I guess that with Atkinson, it is not just a good read but it is also whole book of new terms that I can then use to... show the wide scope of words that I know. To make friends and influence people? Is that how it works?
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoy an Atkinson book, and be it a crime thriller (like Case Histories) or a happy jaunt down a path in a disastrous world coming to an end (like Not the End of the World, which is actually a collection of short stories that all tie together seemingly disparate things, presenting the cyclical rather than the linear nature of the passage of time), when I open a book with her name on it, it is like a whole new world opening up before me, and I keep the dictionary open to A, poised at the ready.
And if you are ever bored, and you don't have an Atkinson book nearby, why not sign up to Dictionary.com's Word of the Day? Like Atkinson, it's edifying and entertaining! Today's word: foofaraw. I dare you to use this word in a sentence.
Example: "The casseroles, the tableware, the multitude of drinks on hand - all the foofaraw that goes into a company picnic really could have been avoided if they'd just ordered in Pizza Hut."
Happy Friday, all!