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Wondrous Word Wednesday

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 I found in an online post on deadspin.com

mellifluous – mel·lif·lu·ous adj \me-ˈli-flə-wəs, mə-\

1 : having a smooth rich flow <a Mellifluous voice>

: filled with something (as honey) that sweetens

“I have no idea why rhyming books are more fun, but they are. If a book rhymes, then I can really get into the performance of reading it to my kid. I can figure out the rhythm of the text (though it can take a couple pages to sort it out—”Oh, I see! It rhymes every THIRD line! TRICKY!”). I can sing it. I can do voices. I can become mellifluous. I can PERFORM. It’s really a parent’s time to shine when the text rhymes.”

 

I found this word in Insatiable by Meg Cabot

uxoricide  ux·or·i·cide  noun  \ˌək-ˈsȯr-ə-ˌsīd\

 1 [Medieval Latin uxoricidium, from Latin uxor wife + -i- + -cidium -cide] : murder of a wife by her husband
2 [Latin uxor + English -i- + -cide: a man who murders his wife
“Whether that was because he’d seen his father murder his mother before his very eyes – it had been a different time and place, when uxoricide hadn’t been all that uncommon, but still, Lucien hadn’t approved  – or because he’d been turned too young, Lucien had never been sure.”
The last word I found in my newest ARC, Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans (you’ll hear more about this in my upcoming Mailbox Monday)
sylvan   1syl·van  noun \ˈsil-vən\

: one that frequents groves or woods
“‘When I was a youngster,’ his father told him as they walked, ‘there weren’t any houses in this part of Beeton at all.  This whole area was sylvan.'”
What new words did you come across this week?


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Wondrous Word Wednesday

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 I found in Vampire Sunrise by Carole Nelson Douglas.  It was right at the beginning – sadly, I wasn’t able to read much past that point.  One of the few books I just couldn’t get in to!

Simulacrum – an insubstantial form or semblance of something.  “And three, tracking down ‘Lilith Quince’ – my spitting image – to find out if she is a twin, double, clone, or simulacrum.”

The second and third I found in Murder Under Cover by Kate Carlisle – her Bibliophile series.

Elucidating –  verb \i-ˈlü-sə-ˌdāt\, transitive verb : to make lucid especially by explanation or analysis.  “Elucidating, yes.  Fun?  Not really!”

Fulminating – hurling denunciations or menaces.  “Then he gave me a fulminating stare and I mentally shrank a few inches.”

The last word I heard on a news cast, and didn’t remember ever hearing it before, so I had to look it up!

Abrogate – transitive verb – 1 : to abolish by authoritative action : annul, 2 : to treat as nonexistent <abrogating their responsibilities>

This was used in a report about the Italian captain who recently abandoned the cruise ship before all the passengers and crew.

In other news, thankfully I believe that my book slump is coming to an end.  I’m firmly entrenched in a book for myself, and with my daughter in her current “One Community One Book” event for our school district.  I am reading a very funny novel by Molly Harper, And One Last Thing,  and the book my daughter and I are sharing is The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone!  Yay, me!

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Wondrous Word Wednesday

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.

I came across this word in The Lies that Bind by Kate Carlisle

Chary: 

archaic : deartreasured
: discreetly cautious: asa : hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risksb : slow to grant, accept, or expend <a person very charyof compliments>
“‘I agree it’s all become a bit chary,’ Derek confessed as he struggled to keep the bookcase suspended.”

Have you come across any new words lately?

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Wondrous Word Wednesday

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.

This week my word came from “Cat Burglar in Training” by Shelley Munro

moue – a little grimace; pout

“I suffered through the hand on the small of my back again, taking care he didn’t see my moue of disgust.”

Have you come across any new words lately?

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme 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.

slum·gul·lion   [sluhm-guhl-yuhn, sluhm-guhl-]

noun

1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
3. the refuse from processing whale carcasses.
4. a reddish, muddy deposit in mining sluices.

nin·ny·ham·mer  [nin-ee-ham-er]

noun

a fool or simpleton; ninny.

be·zoar    [bee-zawr, -zohr]

noun

1. a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, especially ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
2. Obsolete . a counterpoison or antidote.
Origin: 
1470–80;  earlier bezear  < Medieval Latin bezahar  < Arabic bā (di ) zahr  < Persian pād-zahr  counterpoison; -o-  < Neo-Latin
I came across these words when I was looking up something else on dictionary.com.

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Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by BermudaOnion at Bermudaonion’s Weblog where we get to share new words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Anyone can join in!

“prevaricating” -[pri-var-i-keyt]

verb (used without object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing.

to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.

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