- Lugubrious: Looking or sounding sad or dismal (this is my constant work state at the moment, although I think sad is too mild and dismal much more apt)
'Hegley had a huge head, was middle-aged, sickly lugubrious, pale. He was dressed in a double-breasted suit as thick as a straightjacket, and a rich silk tie plaited in a fat junction.' (The Book Against God)
- Susurrus: Whispering, murmuring or rustling. It sounds like it should mean that; almost onomatopoeic for tree leaves in breezes.
'There was a whispering noise that began then to run through the hall, a low susurrus that caused Shadow, in his dream, to experience a chilling and inexplicable fear.' (American Gods)
- Mellifluous: Sweet or musical, of words or voices; pleasant to hear. Always seems to me like it will be a dark word—it's the 'mel', which sounds like 'mal' I guess.
'She told them, in her mellifluous Cornish drawl, which trees they should be wary of ...' (American Gods)
- Polemic: A contoversial argument (or the person who argues it)—especially one refuting a specific opinion or doctine. I look this up often, and then as quickly forget again. This word won't stay in my mind.
'It is not for me to say whether I succeeded, but my intention was closer to robust but humorous broadside than shrill polemic.' (The God Delusion)
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