Increasing my vocabulary

I’ve just started reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell (a review of which will follow when I’ve finished it). It’s a collection of 6 stories interlinked in some way, the first of which is set in the 19th century. Not sure if David Mitchell is trying to write in the style of time but he’s certainly swallowed a thesaurus to do so! In the space of 8 pages I’ve had to look up 7 words:

peregrination:To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.

polymath: A person of great or varied learning. (clearly not me!)

excoriating: To censure strongly; denounce:

somnambulant: Walking or tending to walk while asleep

tatterdemalion: A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing; a ragamuffin.

pusillanimity: The state or quality of being pusillanimous; cowardice.

Now all I need to do is figure a way to get these words into an everday conversation!

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