I am still brain-dead from my trip and what few cells I have firing are being used by paperwork and the Cybils books.
Let's see ... I have a few random words for this week though.
... so Kim applied herself as best she could to arts such as reading and legerdemain which could not be conveniently practiced while marching in the rain.
1: sleight of hand
2: a display of skill or adroitness
3: skilful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
Origin: Middle English, from Middle French leger de main light of hand
First Known Use: 15th century
First published in 1634.
... she knew from experience that once he took a notion, he was as stubborn as a costermonger defending his route through the market.
costermonger \-ˌməŋ-gər, -ˌmäŋ-\
: a hawker of fruit or vegetables
Origin costard + monger
I call it ratiocination.
ratiocination \-ˌō-sə-ˈnā-shən, -ˌnä-\
1: the process of exact thinking : reasoning
2: a reasoned train of thought
First Known Use: circa 1530
Oh - BTW, if you haven't read it - I thought that Jackaby by William Ritter was quite fun.