Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme from Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. If you want to play along, grab the button, and write a post.
The first word is from Hot Six by Janet Evanovich:
stygian : (adjective) extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding <the stygian blackness of the cave>
I forgot to write down the sentence from the book showing the use of this word before I returned it to the library.
The second word is from The Shunning by Beverly Lewis:
portentous: (adjective) of the nature of a portent; momentous; ominously significant or indicative (The book actually spells the word portentious, with an “i”, but I assume that is a misspelling, as neither Merriam-Webster or dictionary.com recognized the word)
“Katie was aware of a portentous feeling, as though something she had always known deep down was about to be revealed – like the missing piece of a life-sized puzzle, maybe, or an explanation she’d waited her whole lifetime to hear.”
What new words did you discover this week?
Here’s a fun, book-related picture from the Classic Penguin tumblr page: “Bookhenge”
Thanks to Cassie from Books & Bowel Movements for posting about this photo!