Vocabulary: fabulist – teller of fabulous tales


Title: Unbroken
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Sentence: Ever a fabulist, he told investigators that Ofuna [prison camp] interrogators were “always kind to prisoners,” that he’d never seen a prisoner abused, and that prisoners rarely complained.
Page: 369

Word: fabulist
Definition:
  • A composer of fables.
  • A teller of tales; a liar.
   Source: The Free Dictionary

You may look fabulous but don’t be a fabulist.

Vocabulary: poleaxed – stunned, to say the least


Title: For the Win
Author: Cory Doctorow
Sentence:
  • He got three steps before two rocks caught him, one in the arm and the second in the face, a spray of blood and a crunch of bone and a tooth that flew high in the air as the boy fell backwards as if poleaxed.
  • He'd never had much use for art, but he'd been poleaxed by these ones.

Page: 276 & 317

Word: poleaxed
Definition:
  • to attack or fell with or as with a poleax (a long-handled battle-ax)
   Source: YourDictionary.com

Interesting to find this ‘new to me’ word used both literally and figuratively in the book. I have not had much experience with battle axes but am betting my kids have in their virtual worlds.

Vocabulary: imperious – domineering and overbearing


Title: Unbroken
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Sentence: It was the fighters, gunned by the B-29s, blowing up. The bombers flew on, imperious.
Page: 275

Word: imperious
Definition:
  • domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing: an imperious manner; an imperious person.
  • urgent; imperative: imperious need.
   Source: Dictionary.com

I guess bombers can fly arrogantly but more likely they were impervious?