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Unusual and Literary English Vocabulary

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A collection of uncommon and intriguing English words I've learned. Notes include the word, a definition, a description of the source where I encountered it, and an excerpt from that source showing the word in context (unless that context isn't helpful in understanding the usage of the word, which happens very occasionally). This is not a deck you want to study if you are a beginning or intermediate student of English; it is made up of only words I, a native speaker of English interested in vocabulary and linguistics, had to look up. You should only study this deck if you rarely encounter new words and are still interested in learning more. Most selections come from high literature, only because that's the context in which I encounter most words that I'm unfamiliar with, but some are also from nonfiction, periodicals, or websites. Changelog: Contact: For questions or to report an error or inconsistency in this deck, please email me at anki@sorenbjornstad.com. Sources: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. [Note to author: Update this deck under the name 'LitShare'.]

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Word flacon
Definition n. A small stoppered bottle, especially one containing perfume.
Sentence ‘Nothing, I need nothing,’ [Anna] said to Annushka, who kept rearranging the flacons and brushes on the dressing table.
Source Anna Karenina, III.XV, p.288Image: By Selvejp - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3732438
Tags Language::English Topic::Vocabulary
Word bonhomie
Definition n. Cheerful friendliness; geniality.
Sentence [in prison, Saleem] Why whence how-on-earth this good nature, this bonhomie in your passed-on whisperings?
Source Midnight's Children, p. 555
Tags Language::English Topic::Vocabulary
Word abattoir
Definition n. A slaughterhouse.
Sentence A vast, low, dark shed of a building, pregnant with gloom, with all the spirit and playfulness of an abattoir, it looked like something designed in a hurry by four people working separately.
Source At Home, Bill Bryson
Tags Language::English Topic::Vocabulary

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Interesting and useful selection of words.
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Great quality, comes with quotes.