Last week I learned a new word. “Grip car.” I could figure out from the context the general idea, but I had never seen that word before. So, of course, I Googled it. It’s basically a cable car – and apparently, it is uncommon enough that the full article doesn’t make it into Merriam Webster’s free online dictionary. (200,000 other words do…but not that one). New words are just one of my favorite things about reading historical fiction. When you combine history with fiction, all sorts of ideas and experiences from different times and places enter your vocabulary.
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