Friday, September 28, 2012

Feature & Follow # 5

Hi all and thank you for hopping by my blog! Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme being hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read as a fun way for us to meet and connect with other bloggers. If you're not a follower yet, just comment below and I'll hop on by your blog. I always return the follow!

This week's question is:


What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up? Might as well leave the definition & book too.




I can't remember the exact word! But the book was Emma, by Jane Austen, and it was about her father being a valetudinarian/ somnambulist/ hypochondriac, again I cannot remember. I read it when I was in high school, a long long time ago but I remember having to check the dictionary on that one! :)


Somnambulism = an abnormal condition of sleep in which motor acts (as walking) are performed.

Valetudinarian = a person of a weak or sickly constitution; especially : one whose chief concern is his or her ill health.

Hypochondriac = to or suffering from hypochondria an excessive preoccupation with and worry about one's health. (A hypochondriac is different from a valetudinarian in that the latter has bona fide medical conditions).

Have a happy reading everyone!




46 comments:

  1. With a word like that it's almost more fun to make up your own definition. LOL! I'm a new follower via GFC and would love for you to visit me when you can.

    The Scarf Princess

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  2. I haven't read that one, but I know classics tend to have a ton of words I don't know! I'll have to keep those words in mind when it finally read Emma! Hope you have a great weekend :)

    Here's my FF!

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  3. Jane Austen has huge words... when I read her books I am always looking up words... I love the stars floating around on your blog!! Here is my word:

    Angela's Anxious Life

    Angie

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  4. Jane Austin books are a wonderful way to learn new words ^_~

    Thanks for stopping by! Returning the follow ^_^

    sinn @ sinnful books

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  5. I definitely didn't know what a valetudinarian was, so thanks! :) The word I had to look up was from David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas. Check it out here

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  6. Classics can be a different story when it comes to vocab words. I know I probably used a dictionary a lot in school when I was reading those. But for the books I read now, I hardly use one. Guess I've built up a lot of vocab over the years!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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  7. I like "valetudinarian!" New follower, following back. :) Also, your banner is cute.

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  8. Yep. Lots of big words in that one!

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  9. Valetu... what? I love learning new words!

    Old follower
    http://onlectus.blogspot.com/2012/09/friday-feature-and-follow-4.html

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  10. oh fun words. new follower. http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2012/09/follow-friday-34-and-weekly-wrap-up.html

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  11. Hmm, I knew 2 of the 3 off the top of my head, but valetudinarian threw me. Nice job. :)

    New follower - thanks for stopping by. Bob @ Beauty in Ruins

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  12. Jane Austen! Obviously she would have some huge words. Thanks for stopping byMy FF
    New Follower!

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  13. Yay, Jane Austen. Love her, but I haven't read Emma, yet. I hope to some day. I always just go back to P&P when I want a Jane Austen fix.

    Here's my Friday Hop

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  14. Ughh I hated reading Emma. And those long words might have been the reason why!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :) New follower!

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  15. Wow, those are some big words! I'm not of huge fan of "classic" literature and that's one of the reasons why! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Returning the follow via GFC!

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  16. That book has huge words!

    Thanks for stopping by and following. I'm following back! (:

    http://bookaholicness.com.

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  17. I love Emma! Great choice!
    New follower via GFC!

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  18. Ooh great words! I love Jane Austen! <33

    Thanks for stopping by my FF--I'm a new follower :)
    btw I love your blog design!

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  19. Another word I actually know :)

    Hope you have a great weekend

    My FF

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  20. Woah. What a long word! LOL.

    Thanks for hopping by my blog! New follower! :)

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  21. Hi,

    Thnx for stopping by my blog and for the follow.
    following back.
    I can not remember the last time I looked up a word. And I am Dutch :P

    kyanara

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  22. ahhh, fabulous words! Thanks for stopping by! Following back :)

    Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

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  23. thanks for dropping by! Am returning the follow! :D

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  24. Wow, those are some big words haha. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    New Follower! :)

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  25. Thanks for stopping by my FF Post! Austen is a great place to find impossible words to understand lol. New follower =)

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  26. Ahhh, those words are big! Thanks for stopping by !
    New GFC follower :)

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  27. Valetudinarian is new to me. LOL. I'm following back. :)

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  28. yes, classic literature is good for new "old" words. Thanks for stopping by. New follower...

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  29. Thanks for the follow, returning the favor!

    I love when you can figure out a word by its roots. eg somnambulism - somn, having to do with sleep, and ambulism with walking!

    Have a great weekend!

    Julie @ Full Moon Dreaming

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  30. Great words! Thanks for stopping by and the follow :) Following back via GFC!

    Rose

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  31. Jane Austen's has very hard words in them.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    New follower.

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  32. Yay! A word I know! lol Still a good pick and I'm following back. :) Thanks, Jenny.

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  33. I love Jane Austen her books are amazing!
    that's a funny word :)
    Thnks for the follow
    following you via GFC
    Ruty @Reading...Dreaming

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  34. I love Jane Austen books, very intellectual stuff lol.

    Thanks for stopping by, followed back :)

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  35. Wow,those are some interesting words! Thanks for stopping by my blog, new follower :)

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  36. I've read Emma, but I don't remember coming across those first two words. I probably just skipped over them and continued with the story. Hehe! New GFC follower.

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    1. I'm sure you're right! I read it around 11 years ago and was too lazy to check which word I had to look up in the dictionary although I know her dad is a valetudinarian not a hypochondriac and a somnambulist so I'm not really sure which one was mentioned in the book! :D

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  37. Jane Austen is always good for a vocab lesson!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week! New follower via GFC.

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  38. I love Jane Austen :)

    New Follower! My FF @ Pink Fluffy Hearts

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  39. Wow they are big ones, thanks I've learnt something new. :D
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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  40. Nice words! I was getting dizzy just reading them. Followed you back!

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  41. I haven't read that one... But classics often have words that stump me. :)

    Thanks for stopping by! New follower! :)

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  42. Great words. I especially like the second one, Valetudinarian. If only I could pronounce it :)
    Thanks for stopping by:) Following you back.

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  43. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my Blog :) I haven't actually read Emma (Ashamed...) so I think it's time I did if there are words like that in there!
    Following back through GFC :D

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  44. I knew what a hypochondriac was, but only because of Moulin Rouge. :) ...at least...I think that's the movie I learned it from? lol

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  45. Wow, "Valetudinarian" - what a word! I didn't come across that when I read (and reread Emma). I love Jane Austen, hehe. Followed you back :)

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