I had to laugh the other day when my editor sent me a piece from Galley Cat with the most looked-up words on Kindle. Why would she send me that? Can’t think.
Anyway, running my eye down the list I saw a number of words that I couldn’t remember using, and others I’ve probably used, but in different forms. Here’s the list, where I’ve put near-duplicates inside parenthesis, and bolded those that I’m pretty sure I’ve used. A number of these, by the way, are post-1920s, so they’re not (I hope!) in the Russell memoirs. And others I’d definitely have to look up myself (pickelhaube? malacologist?)
You see any words here that you remember reading in one of the LRK books, that I’ve forgotten?
According to Amazon, 85 percent of readers look up words while they read. Below is a list of the most commonly looked-up words in the Kindle ecosystem.
The words that have been looked up the most on Kindle are as follows:
susurration (susurrus; susurrant; susurrous)
plagiaristic (I’ve probably used plagiarism)
underbred (though I’m sure I’ve used overbred)