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.
I probably could have listed dozens of new-to-me words from THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG by Muriel Barbery, but here are a few:
eructation - There he stood, the most recent eructation of the ruling corporate elite -- a class that reproduces itself solely by means of virtuous and proper hiccups -- beaming at his discovery, sharing it with me without thinking or ever dreaming for a moment that I might actually understand what he was referring to. (p.17)
eructation: The act or an instance of belching.
opprobrium - In rich people's apartments everything is clean, smooth, healthy and consequently safe from the tyranny of flyswatters and public opprobrium. (p.62)
opprobrium: the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.
abnegation - I have always been fascinated by the abnegation with which we human beings are capable of devoting a great deal of energy to the quest for nothing and to the rehashing of useless and absurd ideas. (p.247)
abnegation: to refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject; renounce.
What new words did you discover this week?