Word of the day: propinquital

 

Titus Groan (Gormenghast Trilogy)

 

I read the first of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy back in 2000 and have been meaning to reread it for some time. I took advantage of the free credit on audible.com through its sponsorship of the TWiT podcasts and downloaded the unabridged version of the book. I remember it for Peake’s use of language and being utterly enthralled by it.

Just five minutes in, he uses the word propinquital and I just had to look it up [dictionary.com] A google search for the word came up with, yep, a review of Titus Groan.

As objects of beauty, these works held little interest to him and yet in spite of himself he had become attached in a propinquital way to a few of the carvings.

I’m hoping that I will enjoy the audio book as much as I did the dead-tree version.

Back to your regular programming…

Comments

  1. [this is good] Michael Nesmith (formerly of the Monkees) wrote a beautiful song called “Propinquity”.  I’ve always liked the song, but I never bothered to look up what the title meant.  It makes sense now.  Thanks.