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Hard Times Companion

January 28, 2016
Posted at 10:20 pm

One thing I do as I write is create a "Companion" guide for reference.

I thought I would share a portion of it with you now (just for your edification).

This is a list of Maw-Maw's famous vocabulary words by chapter. I do this in part so I can reference what I've used and what they actually do mean. I always assume that people will google the words they don't understand if they can't determine their context while reading the story.

I think it's fun to have a character who is very wordy and uses 50 cent words when a nickel one will do.

Later when the story is finished - I'll post the entire companion guide.

BTW - working on chapter 113 and I think you will love it!


Bitchadocio - chapter 106 a cross between bitch and braggadocio - when Tawny Haislip speaks.

Bragplaining -97 Something Angel does when she is complaining - it sounds like she is also bragging. A word that Ellen coined.

Condign- 91 appropriate punishment.

Conmused - 101 - A word made up by Ellen that is a cross between confused and amused to apply to a boy who was present at her spanking (Griff).

Cumshaw - 91, a tip or gratuity

Detritus - 92 - waste

Druxy -91, good on the outside, evil on the inside.

Ebullient - 113 very enthusiastic

Edacious - 113 - eating/craving lots of food

Fandangle - useless ornamentation

Flagitious, opprobrious and contumelious Ch. 87 corrupt, hateful, insolent, - one of many words used to describe Delilah.

Flabuginous - 91, deceptive

Fulsome Ch. 41 - originally said by Conner, -Complimentary or flattering to an excessive or even offensive degree. Of large size or quantity; generous or abundant.

Fundament. Ch 89 - A word Maw-Maw uses for her massively wide ass.

Fustigation Ch. 96

Hiraeth - Ch. 26 A welsh term that has no direct English translation. It means a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return. A home which maybe never was. The nostalgia, the grief, the yearning for the lost places of your past!

Jackanapes Ch. 40 a sneaky or mischievous child, a carker.

Jeremid Ch. 89 a long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes.

Lalochezia - the emotional relief from using abusive or vulgar language

Lissom Ch 91. - Supple, limber and easy to bend

Lustration - Ch. 91 Ceremonial purefication performed before entering a holy place. Maw-Maw uses it as a metaphor for masturbation.

Prevaricate - Ch. 25 to avoid telling the truth by not directly answering the question.

pusillanimous - Ch. 88, timid lack of determination

Malapert Ch. 33 Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy. An impudent, saucy person. Boldly disrespectful to a person of higher standing. This word is gender neutral, so it's equally applicable to both male and female.

ALSO: Malapert is a lunar crater that lies near the southern limb of the Moon. From the Earth this formation is viewed from the side, limiting the amount of detail that can be seen. The crater is also illuminated at very low angles, so that parts of the interior remain in almost constant darkness.

Meraki (n.) (A greek word with no direct translation) the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work

Nazlanmak (Ch. 50) - pretending reluctance when you are eager, saying no when you mean yes, Turkish

Obesquiousness (Ch. 113) - obedient or attentive to a servile degree

Perclusion Ch.94 "extreme shock"

pickthank ch 91- A sycophant or yes-man

Quomodocunquize ch 91 To make money by any means possible

Rumbelow, ch 91 whore, Maw-Maw's word before deciding on bitch.

Sillage (n.) the scent that lingers in air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and hone; the trace of someone's perfume.

Sesquipedalian. Ch 87 - person who loves big words

Steatopygic Ch. 96 - having a wide ass.

Snarkastic - Ch. 34 - not actually a Maw-Maw word. It is a cross between sarcastic and snarky that was invented for pretty much everything Savannah says.

Vaniloquent- Ch 91 - egotistical

Ventripotent - Ch 96 - fat belly

Verbivore Ch 92 - someone who loves words

Yaud - Ch 96 - an old worn out horse.

Zaftig -Ch. 88 a woman who is plump/full figured.