Tuesday’s Word

Harridan
noun
an insulting name for a woman who you think is unpleasant

I’ve read this word in a couple different Scottish historicals/time-travel romances, but I can’t remember where or when I saw it first, so today, I’m using it in a line from my latest work in progress, Jade’s Spirit, which is about an ex-stripper and a 27-yo virgin who need to keep their hands off each other or feed the incubis demon haunting her house.

After a decade of sipping on the dried-up dreams of a widowed harridan and the occasional glut of a child’s immature fantasies, this feast of wounded, burning woman was almost too good to be true.

Definition from http://www.onelook.com/?w=harridan&ls=a

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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2 Responses to Tuesday’s Word

  1. Mae Clair says:

    I think of this as a kind of archaic word but I’ve come across it in historical novels and some fantasy books too. Sounds like there is definitely something nasty haunting that house!

  2. Amy Raby says:

    I love that I learned this word from your novel. And you know what, it was used in Dear Abby a few days ago.

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