Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

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From The Magical Christmas Cat by Nalini Singh, Lora Leigh, Linda Winstead Jones, and Erin McCarthy

1. p.70 "The insouciance with which Erik had crushed his wife's heart an hour ago..."

INSOUCIANCE: Lack of care or concern; indifference.
ORIGIN: 11790–1800; From French insouciant.

From The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

1. p. 37 "I adroitly rationalized my absence from home on necessity and told myself that my family would someday welcome the sacrifice..."

Cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious.
1645–55; From French and Old French: elegant, skillful. Droit from dreit = straight, just, correct which comes from Latin dīrēctus.