Wondrous Words Wednesday is a cool new meme that Kathy from BermudaOnion recently came up with. The basic idea is for participants to share new (to them) words they’ve come across in their reading. This is a great opportunity to expand our vocabularies and maybe even try out some of the new and wondrous words we learn. I’m excited about this meme, but then I was always the kid who looked forward to spelling tests :P
Here are a few words (and an expression) I’ve come across this week, that made me reach for the dictionary:
Source - Found in The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
Usage - ”Despite all these various auguries, I hadn’t necessarily expected to read every word of the Lowell biography, but Hamilton is such a good writer, and Lowell’s life was so tumultuous, that it was gone in a couple of days, like an Elmore Leonard novel.”
Definition - from the word augury, an omen, token, or indication. A sign of something coming.
Source - From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Usage - ”Then he turned sharply, and without another word climbed into his phaeton, which was waiting at the curbstone, and drove severely away.”
Definition - A four-wheeled carriage (with or without a top), open, or having no side pieces, in front of the seat. It is drawn by one or two horses.
• fin de siècle
Source - Stumbled across this expression in the novel About The Author by John Colapinto
Usage - ”It’s a fin de siècle Bright Lights, Big City, with a GenX twist and some post-mo juju thrown in for good measure.
Definition - French term meaning the end of the century, mostly used in English to signify, belonging to, or characteristic of, the close of the 19th century. Modern or up-to-date.
Come across any great new words, phrases or expressions this week? Or would you just like to see what’s prompted people to define? Then head over to BermudaOnion Weblog’s for Wondrous Words Wednesday.
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