Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday (3)

Halloween Edition!  All these creepy words come from 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King.  Man, does that guy have a vocabulary, LET ME TELL YOU.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermudaonion each week.  It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading, or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.

Here are three of my favorites new-to-me words from 'Salem's Lot.  All definitions from

1. viscid.   "The shadows of coming night had already pooled into it, like something viscid and alive."

having a glutinous consistency; sticky; adhesive; viscous.

2. cerements.   "He wanted to see EVIL with its cerements of deception cast aside, with every feature of its visage clear."
1 a   cerecloth   used   for   wrapping   the   dead.
2.  any   graveclothes.

3. malefic.  "A great hush had fallen over the woods; but it was a malefic hush."

productive   of   evil;   malign;   doing   harm;   baneful.

What are your new words this week?


  1. Oh my gosh, those are the perfect words for a Halloween edition of WWW! I didn't know any of them but viscid and malefic both make total sense to me. I'm going to try to use malefic today.

  2. Great spooky words, the word cerements was scary for me.

  3. Happy Halloween to you too. Great scary words to celebrate the day.

  4. Hi Kelly,

    I can remember having to read Salem's Lot for GCE examinations at senior school, when I was 16.

    English was my very favourite subject, although I enjoyed schooling in general.

    The only one of your words that I don't know, or subject to age, can't remember, is cerements!

    Thanks for taking me on a trip down memory lane and have a great family Halloween,



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