Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wondrous Words Wednesday - October 26, 2011

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.

YOU ARE MY ONLY by Beth Kephart

icosahedron - "At the kitchen table, my  mother has left my day's work behind -- the cardboard from the backs of paper pads, the pencil, the string, the ruler, the hole punch, the dulled-down blade of the old X-Acto knife, the stuff, she says, of an icosahedron." (p.1)

icosahedron: a solid figure having 20 faces.

What new words did you discover this week? 
 

11 comments:

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Interesting word. I haven't heard that before. If you get a chance, my words are here.

Satia said...

You know, anyone who's ever played a role playing game knows that word but mostly because there's a 20 sided die (or 20d).

There are even books you can buy that have forms you can fold into various -hedrons. I can't wait for my granddaughter to be older and ready to build paper models. We'll have so much fun.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I don't think I would have much use for that word! But wow, the 20 sided die that Satia mentioned - I'd like to see one of those!

lsl_scrapper said...

I read this book awhile back. I actually did know the word, but I didn't understand why folding one was such an important thing to do for the mother!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Never heard of this word, very interesting.

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bermudaonion said...

It seems that Vance may have had to construct an icosahedron for one of his classes in high school. The word's familiar, but I couldn't have defined it.

Lisa said...

A 20-sided figure? Like D&D dice. :)

My words are here.

JNCL said...

I could tell from the ending
"-hedron" that it must be a geometrical shape, but I had NO idea what the number could be until you told me. I wonder how high up these words technically go, even though most of us don't use them after about the region of "octagon".

Margot said...

I love your new word. It just sounds like fun. I have this book on ready-to-read list and can't wait to start it. Thanks for getting me started with this defition.

Louise said...

I think this is a word I would have known in high school. Haven't heard of the dice before. And I don't know that I understand the sentence from the book at all- it doesn't make sense to me.

Annie said...

Very interesting word ! I don't know how to say it or how it looks like in French !