Twice in the last month I’ve come across “deracinated” a word I’m not familiar with. First, in Middlesex, the terrific novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. Yesterday in Roy Blount’s fabulous book Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South. As a birth-Southerner myself, I love Roy’s writing. He pretty much nails it. Anyway, back to “deracinated”. I have an above average vocabulary so I don’t come across unknown words in popular books all that often. I noticed this one both times and after seeing it the second time, decided to look it up.
Drum roll please!
Deracinate. (1) To pull out by the roots; uproot. (2) To displace from one’s native or accustomed environment. (courtesy American Heritage Dictionary)