September 17, 2014

WWW - Architecture, Spanish Geography, Prophesies, and More

I've learned quite a few new words lately.  This week had me learning about architecture, Chinese dishes, and Spanish geography (2 different things!)

It is clear from all of the architectural vocab that I have forgotten pretty much everything I learned in my Interior Design classes in high school. Add that to the other subjects I have forgotten: sign language, Spanish language, French language, and, you know, basic math.

from The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero

1. mansard roof - a roof which has four sloping sides, each of which becomes steeper halfway down.

2. sclera - the white outer layer of the eyeball.  At the front of the eye it is continuous with the cornea.

3. battlements - a parapet at the top of a wall, especially of a fort or castle, that has regularly spaced squared openings for shooting through.

4. didgeridoo - an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube, traditionally made from a hollow branch, which is blown to produce a deep, resonant sound, varied by rhythmic accents of timbre and volume.

5. Ibeza - the westernmost of the Balearic Islands, off the coast of Valencia in eastern Spain.

from A Map of Betrayal

1. congee - (in Chinese cookery) broth or porridge made from rice

from A Sudden Light by Garth Stein

1. ineluctably - not to be changed, avoided, or resisted; inescapable 

The past is ineluctable.  

from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

1. crepuscular - animals active primarily during twilight; most crepuscular animals are mistakenly thought to be nocturnal.

2. liminal - transitional stage of a process

3. oracular - prophetic; relating to an oracle (I had never heard/seen it used as an adjective)

4. explicate - analyze or develop an idea or principle in detail

5. cloying - overly, sickeningly sweet

Nicholas Sparks stories. 

6. elegiac - having a mournful quality 

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

from Heller's Revenge by JD Nixon

1. obstreperous - noisy and difficult to control

from Weaver by John Abramowitz

1. anhedonia - inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities

Granted, it is not as melodramatic a use as this in the book.

2. prescience - the fact of knowing something in advance; foreknowledge

3. adroitness - cleverness or skill 

from Street of Thieves by Mathias Enard

1. nabobs - a person of conspicuous wealth or high status; historically a Muslim official or governor under the Mogul empire (It is unclear from the context which definition fits.)

It is actually not very easy to find pictures of Muslim Nabobs.

2. Iberian - relating to or denoting Iberia, or the countries of Spain and Portugal; the extinct Celtic/Romance language spoken in the Iberian peninsula in ancient times.

3. stolid - calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation

4. cudgel - a short, thick stick used as a weapon. 

from The Vault of Dreamers by Calugh M. O'Brien

1. morass - an area of muddy or boggy ground; a complicated or confused situation  (Usage: We dropped into an isolated morass of time that had never begun and would never end...")

Were any of these words new to you?  Did you know them already?  Any other comments?  Share below!

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