Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday - October 7, 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.

THE CALLIGRAPHER'S DAUGHTER by Eugenia Kim

susurrus - "Mother spoke softly as the susurrus of thread being pulled through fabric." (p.42)

susurrus: a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.

conscription - "But students are supposed to be exempt from labor conscription!" (p. 183)

conscription: compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.

THE WIDOW'S WAR by Mary Mackey

manioc - "...The hunters will have to stop hunting, and the women will have to quit hoeing their manioc patches." (p.21)

manioc: cassava - any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Manihot, of the spurge family, as M. esculenta (bitter cassava) and M. dulcis (sweet cassava), cultivated for their tuberous roots, which yield important food products

gimbals - To her left, a small glass inkwell dances on brass gimbals. (p. 67)

gimbals: a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship's compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped

caracole - "How ill?" Carrie asks as they step into the front hall and begin to wind their way up the great caracole of stairs that fills the center of the house. (p.91)

carocole:a winding staircase (rare usage)

What new words did you discover this week?

12 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

I have used the word susurrus while writing poetry. Sounds good, doesn't it?!

Here is my Wondrous Words Wednesdays post.

Jennifer said...

I do like those words, I may need to join in the fun next week.

lilly said...

I love the 'susurrus' word. I think it sounds exactly what it means.

bermudaonion said...

Yay! You're using the new button! The only word I knew was conscription and I think I learned that when Vance had to register for the draft.

Beth F said...

caracole was new to me and I usually know the architectural terms.

Snowbell said...

So many new words! I didn't know gimbals or caracole.

Here's are my words

Margot at Joyfully Retired said...

All your words seem so elegant. Conscription is the only one I knew also. Only knew that because of my husband's registering for the draft.

Beth said...

I ran across susurrus the week before reading the same book. I kept imagining the sound the needle makes going through the fabric. Great words this week.

Jo-Jo said...

These are all new words to me this week!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great words! I only knew one, Manioc. Only because I just read The Poisonwood Bible recently and that word was in the book. Have a great day!

Sherrie

Deanna/ibeeeg said...

Great words. I must be hungry though because when I saw the word 'caracole' my mind went to the word...casserole. ha.

Here are my Wondrous Words

Lisa notes... said...

I really like susurrus. It sounds like its meaning.