WORD POWER

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Reader's Digest International - - Front Page - BY EMILY COX & HENRY RATHVON

When it came to in­ge­niously de­scrip­tive lan­guage, Charles Dick­ens was lummy (aka first-rate). Bryan Ko­zlowski com­piles the most col­or­ful terms in his book What the Dick­ens?! You might need some logic to guess the

def­i­ni­tions. Turn the page for an­swers and the words’ lit­er­ary sources. 1. saw­bones ('saw-bohnz) n.— A: doc­tor. B: ma­gi­cian.

C: old nag.

2. catawam­pus (kat-uh-'wom-puhs) adj.—A: fierce. B: syrupy.

C: deep and dark.

3. jog-trotty ('jahg-trah-tee) adj.— A: mo­not­o­nous. B: ner­vous. C: back­ward.

4. spoony ('spoo-nee) adj.— A: spa­cious. B: pun-filled. C: lovey-dovey.

5. rantipole ('ran-tih-pohl) n.— A: bat­ter­ing ram. B: fish­ing rod. C: ill-be­haved per­son.

6. gum-tick­ler ('guhm-tihk-ler) n.— A: funny re­mark. B: strong drink. C: wish­bone.

7. stom­achic (stuh-'ma-kihk) n.— A: win­ter coat. B: tummy medicine. C: windup toy.

8. sas­si­gas­sity (sass-ih-'gass-ih-tee) n.—A: fancy clothes. B: cheeky

at­ti­tude. C: gust of hot wind.

9. com­foo­zled (kuhm-'foo-zuhld) adj.—A: on fire. B: pam­pered. C: ex­hausted.

10. mud lark ('muhd lark) n.—

A: scav­eng­ing child. B: court judge. C: an­cient scribe.

11. plenipo­ten­tiary (pleh-nuh­puh-'tehn-shuh-ree) n.—

A: house­wife. B: diplo­matic agent. C: bank vault.

12. toad­eater ('tohd-ee-ter) n.— A: fawn­ing per­son. B: ha­bit­ual liar. C: gourmet.

13. slan­gu­lar ('slang-yuh-luhr) adj.—A: oblique. B: us­ing street talk. C: tight around the neck.

14. marplot ('mahr-plot) n.— A: flower gar­den. B: med­dler. C: fruit jam.

15. heeltap ('heel-tap) n.—

A: Ir­ish dance step. B: scoundrel. C: sip of liquor left in a glass.

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