Wondrous Words #179
I’ve been reading some of Agatha Christie’s short stories. It’s a whole set featuring a very likeable fellow named Mr. Parker Pyne. He’s a businessman whose goal is to help people be happy in interesting ways. Here are a few new words I’ve picked up while reading.
1. ramp: “I saw your advertisement. I thought it was probably just a ramp, but it stayed in my mind.
Ramp is slang for a joke or a trick.
2. mendaciously: “What is the language?” “Russian,” said Jules mendaciously.
To speak mendaciously is to speak untruthfully, or to lie.
3. efficacious: Something hard and shining was pressed into Mr. Roberts’ hand. “A small weapon but efficacious,” said the stranger, smiling.
Efficacious is another way to say effective.
4. deal: There was a deal washstand with a jug and basin upon it.
The word deal is a simple one but it didn’t seem to fit in that sentence. I did a bit of research on the various definitions for the word and finally settled on this one: an attractive price or a bargain. This is strictly my opinion but it seems to imply that it was an inexpensive washstand.
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