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Wondrous Words Wednesday

June 3, 2009


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

1.  camber – I found this word in The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  It was used like this, “And there were tricks to the camber of certain turns, places where the track appeared level from inside a car but were actually graded ever so slightly – usually by design to allow rainwater to funnel off the track and not puddle dangerously.”

Camber means a slight convexity, arching or curvature (as of a beam, deck or road).

2.  lustrums – This word was used in Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver  – “Fifteen years later, there we still were, leaving only to move into a new and better home, one with infinitely greater demands, but one I looked forward to with a joyous anticipation completely reversing the diffidence I’d felt three lustrums earlier.”

A lustrum is a period of five years.

What new words have you discovered lately?

30 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2009 5:45 am

    Those words are both completely new to me! Lustrum in particular strikes me as a particularly strange.

  2. June 3, 2009 6:29 am

    These are new to me. I like the sound of lustrum.

    Here is my post

  3. June 3, 2009 6:53 am

    I’ve seen camber before, I think in reading about architectural design. But lustrum is new and sounds wonderful.

  4. June 3, 2009 7:10 am

    There is a word for a five year period of time? I had no idea. I think he made it up. Just kidding.

    My words are at Joyfully Retired.

  5. June 3, 2009 7:23 am

    Lustrum sounds like it should be a more raunchy word!

  6. June 3, 2009 7:58 am

    Hmmm, if I break my age down into lustrums, it’s not too bad. In dog years, I’m dead! Great words this week.

  7. June 3, 2009 8:00 am

    Lustrum didn’t even ring a bell after I read your definition! How did you have time to prepare this with everything going on?

  8. June 3, 2009 8:29 am

    I like those words; lustrum, in particular – I’ll definitely be adding *that* one to my regular vocabulary….

    My words are here.

    Happy Reading, everybody!

  9. June 3, 2009 9:12 am

    Both your words were new to me. I love it.

    Here are my cryptid words of the week.

  10. June 3, 2009 9:31 am

    I love the sound of the word lustrums!

    Here’s my Wednesday post!

  11. June 3, 2009 9:35 am

    I like lustrum and would probably actually use that one. My words are here:

  12. Carol permalink
    June 3, 2009 10:14 am

    Good words. They’re both new to me.

  13. June 3, 2009 10:19 am

    I’m with Kaye–I’m going to start using lustrums instead of years to measure my age!

  14. June 3, 2009 10:20 am

    I can imagine myself using “camber” but “lustrums” would sound like a mistake coming out of my mouth! Very interesting though — kind of sounds like the name of a flower!

  15. June 3, 2009 10:21 am

    I like those words. Now I’ll be thinking about how I can fit them into a sentence without sounding pretentious. 🙂

  16. June 3, 2009 10:54 am

    The Lustrums strikes me. I am with Kaye and Lisa…I am going to use lustrums to measure my years of age. 🙂

    Here are my words:

  17. June 3, 2009 10:57 am

    Both your words are new to me! I also think lustrum sounds quite strange and wonderful!

    My words are here:

  18. June 3, 2009 11:39 am

    Here’s my post for this week:

  19. June 3, 2009 1:34 pm

    Those are both great words! I love lustrum, I think I can actually use that one. I love it when words have such a rich sound to them, camberrrrrr, lustrummmmm… 🙂

    I know you’ve already been by my post, but here’s the link for anyone else who’s interested:

  20. June 3, 2009 1:36 pm

    Both of your words are newbies for me. Here’s what I found this week…

  21. June 3, 2009 2:03 pm

    How is The Art of Racing in the Rain? I heard about on book chatter and it sounds like a good book club book, but I haven’t heard anything on the blogs. What do you think so far?

  22. June 3, 2009 4:05 pm

    Lustrum- that’s a very unique word. I’ve never heard it before. My finds are here.

  23. June 3, 2009 7:33 pm

    I haven’t heard of either of these words. Thanks for sharing!

  24. June 3, 2009 8:47 pm

    I forgot to put up my own WWW post. Since it’s late I will just wait until next week.

    Camber is a cool word. I need to remember that one. Lustrums surprised me. I had no idea there was such a term for that.

  25. June 3, 2009 9:58 pm

    Camber I knew, Lustrum was new to me as well. I like it and since we have “decade” and “score” it’s only fitting there is a word for a 5 year period. I feel smarter. Do I look smarter?

  26. June 3, 2009 10:59 pm

    Lustrum is a terrific word! very useful.

  27. June 3, 2009 11:33 pm

    I haven’t discovered any new words lately, which obviously means I’m not paying enough attention or looking hard enough. I love “lustrums”…great word.

  28. June 4, 2009 9:51 am

    Lustrums is an interesting one. Sounds very Latin.

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