Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday - October 21, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy aka Bermuda Onion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.

HUMMINGBIRDS by Joshua Gaylord

adumbrated - "How are things? Between you two?"

She shrugs. "Elliptical. How about the tow of you?

"Adumbrated" (p. 248)

adumbrated: to darken or conceal partially; overshadow

palimpsest - Settling back in the seat, she sets her head on a tilt and focuses her attention on the blackboard, where to all appearances she is reading the invisible palimpsest of all the classes ever taught in this room. (p. 252)

palimpsest: a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text.


oriel - Her voice shook as she spoke, and she gazed in terror through the small oriel window down onto the green. (p. 3)
oriel: (in medieval architecture) a large bay window of a hall or chamber.

What new words did you discover this week?


Kaye said...

Those are interesting. I knew Oriel but not the other two. Great meme and Kathy has come up with a super new button for it.

Have a good week and happy reading!

bermudaonion said...

I've looked palimpsest up before, but I couldn't remember its meaning. Maybe if I see it enough times it will stick with me! Thanks for participating.

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

I love the conversation for adumbrated. My friends and I talk like that all the time. Not! You found some fun words this week.

Lisa notes... said...

Margot's comment made me smile. I don't have conversations with these kinds of words either. Have a great day.

gautami tripathy said...

As Margot said, I too talk that way!


Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesdays post!

Lenore said...

I have to agree with Margot. I have educated friends, but we never talk like that!

AmusedByBooks said...

Wow! I've never heard those words before either. Now I'll have to work them into my conversation :)