On words . . . Fermor's Mani

Getting through Patrick Leigh Fermor's Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese.  He writes like I think - run on sentences, endless lists, and digressions everywhere - so I'm enamored.

It'll take forever to fully share my thoughts on the book - but I want to share the words in it - because they might be enough to convince one to give the book a try. 

From pages 150 to 230 . . . 

  • Espalierwise - a trellis or framework; support for growing bushes
  • Chthonian - belonging to the underworld
  • Hyaline - a glassy, translucent appearance
  • Haversack - a small, sturdy shoulder bag
  • Velleities - wish or inclination not strong enough to pursue (I heart this word)
  • Ecologue - a short, pastoral poem or dialogue
  • Solicitude - a case or concern for someone or something
  • Tramontana - the Northern wind
  • Quinquereme - Hellenistic era warships
  • Fustenella - a stiff white kilt worn in Greece and Albania
  • Opprobrium - harsh criticism or censure
  • Simoniacal - making profit from sacred things
  • Sartorial - relating to tailors or their trade
  • Supercilious - haughtily disdainful or contemptuous; as a person or facial expression
  • Mephitic - offensive smell; noxious
  • Dilettante - a person that takes up a subject for amusement; dabbler
  • Pleonastically - redundancy; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea
  • Puissant - having great power or influence
  • Corybantic - in the spirit of wild and frenzied
  • Maenadic - unnaturally excited or distraught woman
  • Kermesse - a charitable fair
  • Inveighed - protest or complain bitterly or vehemently
  • Anathema - cursed by ecclesiastical authority
  • Bibulousness - highly absorbent; fond of alcohol
  • Confabulation - to fill gaps in memory by fabrication

Have a read and let me know what you think?