Would I describe him as uxorious? mmmm. I had to think. I read the sentence again and even in the context, I had a hard time coming up with an answer.
That’s one of the many joys of reading. I’m currently on Book 10 of a 17-book series by Roy Lewis featuring cop-turned-lawyer-turned-part-time-merchant-banker Eric Ward. While still a copper, Ward developed glaucoma. [I had no idea how serious that can be.] Knowing his days in the force were numbered, he goes and qualifies as a solicitor. More things happen and next thing you know, he’s on the board of a merchant bank in London with a reputation for being of an investigative mind.
The books are mostly set in Newcastle, a part of England I’d love to visit. I quite like my Geordies. His involvement in maritime matters gives insights into the days when Teesside and Tyneside were bustling ports. I’m learning Tyneside English, a variation of this wonderful language spoken in Newcastle upon Tyne and am struggling with the pronunciation of ‘knaa’ – ah or ay?
But back to uxorious. This is one of the many words I’ve either never come across before or have never registered their meaning.
- having or showing a great or excessive fondness for one’s wife.“he had always impressed me as home-loving and uxorious
Another one was fillip. I got that from the context but again, it’s a word I’d not met.
- something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity.“the halving of car tax would provide a fillip to sales”
My favourite so far has been termagant. That’s one I’m waiting to use, as in ‘she’s a right termagant!’
- a harsh-tempered or overbearing woman
Lewis is now 88. I’m not sure if he’s still writing but with more than 60 books to his name, he’s had good innings. A lawyer himself, he
The bulk of the series is available in two box sets – 1-7 and 8-14. Kindle editions are currently $2.99 and $0.99, respectively. Silly money.