An Abundance of Katherines Glossary

An Abundance of Katherines Glossary


a son of the emperor of Austria


Arabic word translating to non-Muslim



pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune


the degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn

Fetor hepaticus

"The Breath of the Dead"


An ancient Indic language of India, in which the Hindu scriptures and classical Indian epic poems are written and from which many northern Indian languages are derived.



Arabic word meaning something that is forbidden or proscribed by Islamic law. 

The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Probability

A math theorem Colin creates to predict the future of his relationships with the Katherines. It uses several factors variant on the personalities of the people in the relationship. His theorem works for all but one of his past girlfriends, Katherine III. 


Stands for "The Other Colin", who is Lindsey's boyfriend. 


A word, phrase, or name formed by rearranging the letters of another. Ex, "cinema", which anagrams to "iceman" 


A town in Tennessee where Archduke Franz Ferdinand allegedly rests. 

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