Gotta love those interesting words.
This week, I’m obsessing about, “Canting” (No, not catting). Here are 3 of the many definitions:
– To bevel; form an oblique surface upon.
– To put in an oblique position; tilt; tip.
– To throw with a sudden jerk.
– Origin 1560-1570
Find the full set of definitions for canting at Dictionary.com.
I especially like the verb when used to describe a head toss by a human. It’s different from a jerk or a nod, and the word, “nod” shows up way too often in my current manuscript!
Her: “I’m buying a new dress, so there!” She cants her head in defiance.
Him: Seeing the head toss… “Hmm, I see you cant.”
Her: “Yes, I can!”
Him: “I didn’t say you couldn’t.”
I saw this word used much more cleverly in a blogpost called, “Sin on a Plate,” from one of my favorite sites for writers, thrillwriting.blogspot.com, by Fionna Quinn. Check it out!