May 6, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion's Weblog.

This week I found quite a few words.

From Finding Happiness by Abbot Christopher Jamison:

1. abbot - a head monk; superior of a monastery.
2. acedia- latin, meaning carelessness, particularly spiritual carelessness. "One way of viewing our current situation in Western society is that we have suffered a catastrophic loss of understanding of the need for self-awareness, leading to widespread acedia."

From Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs:

1. phalange- a bone of a finger or toe "Other than the nasals, the process seems to be restricted to the bones of the hands and feet, especially the proximal and middle phalanges."

2. histo- a combining form meaning "tissue," from histology, which is the branch of biology meaning the study of tissues. "But you can bet your ass I'll take a close look at the histo when the slides are ready."

3. gendarme- slang for a French policeman "My mom is shacking up with a gendarme."

4. hajj- the fifth pillar of Islam; the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every Muslim is supposed to make at least once during his or her lifetime. "Or perhaps they foresaw the bacchanalian rite of spring break at Myrtle Beach, and tried reaching across the centuries to discourage a very different type of hajj."

5. diatom- any of numerous microscopic, unicellular, marine or freshwater algae of the class Bacillariophyceae, having cell walls of silica consisting of two interlocking symmetrical valves. "Is there any way to determine absolutely that death was by drowning?" "Pretty tough call after five years in the drink. Could test for diatoms, I suppose...If you find diatoms in the organs, the victim has drowned."


  1. You came across a lot of good words this week! Talk about increasing your vocabulary! =D

  2. I knew gendarme from when we lived in France. I avoided them like the plague! Thanks for participating today.

  3. It's funny. Some weeks I have nothing to post, no new words, and then the next week it will be a list like this one! You never know what books will teach you something.

  4. I haven't read any of Kathy Reich's books yet but I am quite familiar with phalange from the tv show!

  5. Wow a bundle of interesting words. For some reason to me histo sounds like a made up word. Like someone just having some random fun.

    Wonder if I can work that one into conversation at work that would throw em LOL


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