Vocab Builder: Joyce’s Ulysses

I found a wonderful new podcast recently: re: Joyce. Literary author Frank Delaney is deconstructing James Joyce’s Ulysses, word by word. Delaney reads a bit of the text and then unlocks all manner of literary references. It’s delicious. This week, some of the vocabulary from the first few pages of Ulysses and the podcast.

Vulgar: crude; of the common people
Martello tower: short, round tower made of stone and located near the shore
Tonsure: to shave the head of a monk or priest
Kinch: slip-knot; in old Irish slang, the child of a convict or tramp
Corpuscle: an unattached body cell

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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