Vocab Builder: Literary Words

Some words just cry out to be included in high literature: works that make you stop and think, works that are a joy to read for their rhetoric, rhythm, and style as much as for what they say. Even when literary words are added to ordinary writing (and there’s nothing wrong with ordinary), they raise the work’s profile just a bit.

Malapert: a person who is offensively bold
Forecastle: on a ship, the upper section of the bow, usually used for the crew’s quarters
Scapegrace: a scoundrel
Wraith: a ghost; an apparition of person that appears right before that person dies
Maleficence: causing harm or evil; capable of doing such

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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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