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Some words are begging to be read out loud!

I’ve just learned the most fabulous new word: ‘grimoire’. It’s a spell book or a textbook of magic – how to make spells, amulets, talismans and so forth.

I discovered it researching for my new book: WILFRED THE (UN)WISE.   (Wilfred is a wizard’s apprentice who lives in the 11th century. Well, until he manages to catapult himself into the 21st century, that is.)

grimoire

I think ‘grimoire’ is a gorgeous word – particularly if you say it out loud and roll the first ‘r’ – ‘grrrimoire!’  

But here’s the thing. How likely are we to read the word aloud? Most of us read silently – to ourselves. So we miss out on hearing just how wonderful some words sound.

Now I used to work in children’s TV drama. And of course TV scripts are always written to be read out loud! So you pay particular attention to how the words and sentences sound – and whether the lines are going to ‘trip off the tongue’, or trip the actors up!

Anyhow, if you like the sound of ‘grimoire’ (or enjoy saying ‘grrrrimoire’!) then how about these . . .

crepuscular‘Crepuscular’. It refers to twilight, and animals active at twilight, like bats. Go on, enjoy it – ‘crrrepusssculaaaar’!

Or how about: umbriferous? Which means shady, or giving shade. ‘umbrrriferousss’.

umbriferous 2

Or how about: umbriferous? Which means shady, or giving shade. ‘umbrrriferousss’.

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And finally,‘lugubrious’. Which not only means looking, or sounding sad, mournful, dismal or gloomy, but also manages to sound sad, mournful, dismal and gloomy itself! ‘lugooobriousss’!

Yup – some words are just begging to be read out loud!  So don’t hold back!

Wilfred - just cover

WILFRED THE UNWISE Out now!
‘Brilliant – inventive and imaginative’ Jacqueline Wilson 

6 thoughts on “Some words are begging to be read out loud!

  1. Chudleigh… a good word to get your teeth into (and the name of a place in Devon). I remember my sister and I driving our parents MAD with that on a memorable drive to the West Country!

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