While reading a very interesting book, which was recommended to me by David and Christopher, when we had dinner together, March, by Geraldine Brooks, I came across two words I had never heard about:
pate, not pâté, mind you 😉 but pate.
Merriam Webster online said:
1 : HEAD
2 : the crown of the head
3 chiefly disparaging : BRAIN
Reading the passage, I had assumed that it meant a bald head.
The second word is termagant. Before looking it up in the dictionary, as the expression in the book is “an opinionated termagant”, it made me think of arrogant.
1 capitalized : a deity erroneously ascribed to Islam by medieval European Christians and represented in early English drama as a violent character
2 : an overbearing or nagging woman : SHREW
Well, not exactly arrogant, but not that far.
No matter how long you’ve been learning, there’s always more… and I like that.