May 20, 2009

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Bermudaonion where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. This week I found a lot.

From Matrimony by Joshua Henkin:
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1.
dolorous:
Used like this- "There was a longing, dolorous tone to Rufus's voice."
Means- mournful; expressing or causing pain or sorrow

2.
pusillanimous:
Used like this- "On Carter's exercise there was one word, too. 'Pusillanimous'. 'Jesus', said Julan."
Means- lacking courage or resolution; cowardly, fearful


From Coffee with the Buddha by Joan Duncan Oliver:
(I'm leaving the culture-specific language for the review.)
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1.
ascetics:
Used like this- "Joining up with five ascetics, he spent the next six years..."
Means- a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial for religious reasons.

2.
austere:
Used like this- "...he spent the next six years, in harsh, austere practices to subdue body and mind."
Means- severely simple; rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic.

3.
itinerant:
Used like this- "For much of the year, the monks were itinerant."
Means- traveling from place to place for duty or business.

4.
ephemeral:
Used like this- "...thoughts and feelings are as ephemeral as foam atop a wave."
Means- short-lived; transitory; fleeting


From Octopussy, Dry Kidney, & Blue Spots edited by Robin Gill:
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1. senryu: a three-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to a haiku but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein. It is also unlike haiku in that it usually does not have any references to the seasons. Senryu developed from haiku and became especially popular among the common people about the 18th century.

2. ribald: characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor.

3. scurrilous: grossly or obscenely abusive.

1 comment:

  1. You found a lot of words last week. Pusillanimous sounds just awful - I think I'll stick with cowardly. Thanks for participating this week.

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