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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 19, 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.  (Don’t forget to leave a link in your comment if you’re participating.)

My words this week come from Hume’s Fork by Ron Cooper.

1. pentimento – “On the pentimento sides of the tractor-trailer, I could just see the outlines of palm trees beneath a new coat of white and clumsily hand-painted “Hume Shipping” with quotation marks.”

Pentimento means a reappearance in a painting of a design which has been painted over.

2. palimpsest – “My parents’ house was a façade, a palimpsest that veiled a double-wide trailer beneath.”

I found two meanings for this word, and I assume the one this sentence is using is this one – something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface.

3. caprine – “I could not remember whether, as a kid, I had actually witnessed the Goat Man and his caprine entourage.”

Caprine means of, relating to, or being a goat.

What new words have you come across lately?

33 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2009 7:19 am

    I have palimpsest today,too! I like the way the other words sound. Caprine sounds fancier than it’s meaning, don’t you think?

  2. August 19, 2009 7:42 am

    I would have had to look those words up too, they’re all new to me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. August 19, 2009 7:47 am

    All new words to me but I like the sounds of pentimento. I have some new words too. You can find mine at Joyfully Retired.

  4. August 19, 2009 7:52 am

    I had to say pentimento out loud. It’s just one of those words. Nice list.

    My list is super short this week: here.

  5. August 19, 2009 8:31 am

    Caprine seems to nice a word to be anything relating to goats! lol

  6. August 19, 2009 8:37 am

    Hmmm… those are going to be hard words to sneak into conversation today. Or probably any day. Don’t see too many goats here in Podunk FL!
    Have a great week.

  7. August 19, 2009 9:02 am

    Wow! Palimpsest?? I would love to use that one in conversation!

  8. August 19, 2009 9:54 am

    Great words today Kathy…they are all new to me.

  9. August 19, 2009 10:15 am

    Caprine is 100% new to me.

    I wonder if I’ll ever use it….

  10. August 19, 2009 10:19 am

    I like pentimento … it sounds like a child describing the red inside of the olive : )


    ALL new to me! Great post!

    Pentitmento is the word of the day around my house…because I said so!

    xoxo Amy (Park-Avenue Princess)

  11. August 19, 2009 10:32 am

    Fun words! All new to me, too.

    Here are mine this week:

  12. August 19, 2009 10:34 am

    Not participating, but did want to leave a comment. This is a neat meme…something I really should consider participating in.

  13. August 19, 2009 10:58 am

    I only knew palimpsest!

    It feels so good to learn new words!

  14. August 19, 2009 11:11 am

    I loved your review of this, and the words make it sound like a fun read (book in one hand, dictionary in the other!)

  15. August 19, 2009 11:47 am

    What great words. The new word I came across this week was ‘webinar’. But I immediately made fun of it. Not the biggest fan of corporate lingo. Is it so very hard to say ‘web seminar’?

  16. Carol permalink
    August 19, 2009 11:58 am

    Good words. They’re all new to me. I don’t have a list this week. Either I wasn’t paying very good attention, or my reading was pretty light.

  17. August 19, 2009 12:09 pm

    These are all new to me I will try to chip in next week..

  18. August 19, 2009 12:18 pm

    All new to me! I like the goat one the best!

  19. August 19, 2009 12:43 pm

    I have not heard of any of those words. Here is mine for the week.

  20. August 19, 2009 12:51 pm

    I stumbled upon your MeMe a few weeks ago and would like to join in. I’ve not heard of any of your words today. Here are mine:

  21. August 19, 2009 1:05 pm

    These words…and the fact that I never know them, makes me feel rather dunb…lol

  22. August 19, 2009 1:33 pm

    I’ve very fond of “palimpsest” 😀 And I like how “pentimento” sounds just like it could be a Portuguese word.

  23. August 19, 2009 1:50 pm

    Is Capricorn a goat? Hmmmm….

  24. August 19, 2009 4:35 pm

    As usual I didn’t know any of your words 😛

    Here are mine:

  25. August 19, 2009 6:53 pm

    Palimpsest is one of my favorite words but I usually either forget the definition(s) or just use it incorrectly. Great words all around!

  26. August 19, 2009 10:41 pm

    I have just added 3 new words to my vocab…now, how to use them? LOL!!

  27. August 20, 2009 6:12 am

    Such great words, Kathy! I particularly like palimpsest. I have heard and read it before but it seems to often slip from my memory .
    I’m so disappointed with myself that I forgot it was time for Wondrous Words most likely because I forgot it was Wednesday. I have {hopefully} remedied this by jotting your very cool meme on my calendar for the next many Wednesdays!

  28. August 20, 2009 10:41 am

    Pentimento is a really cool word! Mine are here.

  29. August 20, 2009 7:00 pm

    Caprine! I have never heard of that word before. Awesome. 🙂

  30. August 20, 2009 9:55 pm

    We used to eat at a restaurant called Pentimento! 🙂 I never knew what it meant!

  31. August 21, 2009 10:18 am

    That’s too funny – palimpsest and caprine were two of my words from The Monsters of Templeton this week!

  32. August 28, 2009 2:18 pm

    “Palimpsest” is one of those words my architecture school professors used to use all the time. For example, if you were renovating an old building and instead of covering up old windows you let them be visible (or “expressed” as they would say) on the wall, they’d talk about palimpsest. Its a great word.

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