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Wondrous Words Wednesday

by Ann-Katrina

One of the purposes of this blog when I conceived it was to also expand my vocabulary through documenting new words. Unfortunately, I haven’t been keeping with that spirit…until now.

Not too long ago I came across a weekly meme that ought to do the trick courtesy of the Bermudaonion.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.

While reading the last two books, I knew I’d be finished with both of them by today, so I decided to take notes of the words in preparation. That means, for my first Wondrous Words Wednesday, the words will be taken from two titles.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Generation Dead Cover The first book that perked up my eyeballs with its colorful vocabulary was Generation Dead by Daniel Waters.

variegated: adj. having patches, stripes, or marks of different colors.

viscous: adj. having the sticky consistency of glue.

brusque: adj. curt, blunt, or abrupt.

gravitas: n. seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.

rejoinder: n. reply; esp. an answer to a reply.

cortege: n. procession; esp. a funeral procession.

chambray: n. a lightweight clothing fabric of white and colored threads.

The Night Monster by James Swain

The Night Monster CoverThe next book that I yanked some interesting words from was The Night Monster by James Swain.

macadam: n. a roadway or pavement of small closely packed broken stone.

patina: n. 1) a green film formed on copper and bronze by exposure to moist air; 2) a superficial covering or exterior.

My apologies for not having the direct references from the texts—I’m usually very good about taking notes like that, but I must have been asleep at the wheel this past week. *sigh* X_X

Comments on Wondrous Words Wednesday

  1. # Kathy wrote on August 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm:

    Oh my gosh, I love your blog – it’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your great new words with me. I knew chambray because I love chambray clothing!

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm:

    Thanks Kathy, I’m glad you like it.

    Funny enough, I’ve seen chambray clothing, but never knew what it was called until now. Yay for wondrous words! :D

  3. # Jennifer wrote on August 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm:

    Love the blog design!

    I knew several of these words, but enjoyed seeing a few new ones. Good stuff!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Wonderous Words Wednesday (10) =-.

  4. # Lisa wrote on August 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm:

    Those are YA books, right? That’s a great vocabulary lesson for young readers – really good words! Thanks for posting them!

    My words are here.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Wondrous Word Wednesdays! =-.

  5. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm:

    Thanks Lisa. Generation Dead is YA, but Night Monster is not.

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