Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday - April 7, 2010

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.

LOVE IN A TIME OF HOMESCHOOLING by Laura Brodie

yurt - But that year Lexington's Healthy Foods Co-op arranged an alternative, which included a yurt and several solar homes with composting toilets. (p. 136)

yurt: a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.

MISTRESS OF ROME by Kate Quinn

strigil - Paulinus drew the strigil down his arm, sloughing away the sweat. (p. 104)

strigil: an instrument with a curved blade, used esp. by the ancient Greeks and Romans for scraping the skin at the bath and in the gymnasium.

What new words did you discover this week?

3 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

The strigil sort of reminds me of the thing they use in restaurants to clear away the bread crumbs!

bermudaonion said...

Those are both new to me! I'm wondering where Jill eats that they use something like that to clear away bread crumbs! Thanks for participating!

Carin said...

a few years ago I was driving around rural NH lost, and when I called for directions, i was told to "turn at the yurt." "The what?" I asked, baffled. "The yurt," they repeated, exasperated. I continued to drive around lost. much time and several phone calls later I found it. I was quite astonished by a place that considers a yurt to be something ordinary that anyone would know. It's kind of a dome-shaped tent, but a permanent kind of tent, not temporary.