Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday - October 6, 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.


bosun - The first, a black-and-white snapshot of five men standing on the main deck of the Ragnarok and two others suspended over the side, one in a bosun's chair, the other on a rope ladder, looked like something out of a a Life magazine pictorial. (p.40)

bosun: a warrant officer on a warship, or a petty officer on a merchant vessel, in charge of rigging, anchors, cables, etc.

analemma - It was beautiful, a tarnished nickel-silver pocket watch with an analemma on its face. (p.101)

analemma: a scale shaped like the figure 8, showing the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.

seiches - No thought of wind, no thought of drifting, of the seiches. (p. 176)

seich: an occasional and sudden oscillation of the water of a lake, bay, estuary, etc., producing fluctuations in the water level and caused by wind, earthquakes, changes in barometric pressure, etc.

What new words did you discover this week?

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I knew bosun, but only because my dad was in the Navy - I remember him talking about the bosun's mate. Thanks for participating today!