Vocabulary: rictus – mouth wide open

Title: Unbroken
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Sentence: When the bombs were falling, the Bird would snap, running through camp with his sword in the air, wailing at the men, foam flying from his mouth, lips peeled back in a wicked rictus, eyelid drooping, face purple.
Page: 276

Word: rictus
  • the gape of the mouth of a bird.
  • the gaping or opening of the mouth.
   Source: Dictionary.com

That is quite a rictus you have there….

Vocabulary: tony – high toned manner

Title: The Inner Circle
Author: Brad Meltzer
Sentence: All cities have old money, Washington D.C. has old money, but it also has old power. And Oak Hill [Cemetery], which was tucked into one of the toniest areas of Georgetown and extended its sprawling 22 acres of rolling green hills and obelisk dotted graves deep into Rock Creek Park, was well known, especially by those who cared to know, as the resting place for that power.
Page: 257

Word: tony
  • marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style
   Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toniest

Definitely not the circles I run around in…

Vocabulary: namaste – greetings in Hindu

Title: For the Win
Author: Cory Doctorow
Sentence: He checked to see if he'd laid it on too thickly, decided he hadn't, grinned and namasted to her, just to ice the biscuit
Page: 213

Word: namaste
  • a conventional Hindu expression on meeting or parting, used by the speaker usually while holding the palms together vertically in front of the bosom.
   Source: Dictionary.com

Namaste is a combination of two Sanskrit words: nama meaning “to bow” and te meaning “you.”