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Wondrous Words Wednesday

August 26, 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 first word this week come from The Seamstress by Frances De Pontes Peebles.

1. propolis – “The lids of the hive boxes were thick with propolis.”

Propolis is a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement in repairing and maintaining the hive.

My next word is from Apologize, Apologize by Elizabeth Kelly.

2. tumulus – “There was a warm breeze, lime and orange trees waving on the surrounding green hills, bodies like tumulus beneath them.”

A tumulus is an artificial hillock or mound (as over a grave).

My last word is from The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

3. obscurantism – “People often compared the obscurantism of the new regime to the Arab invasion.”

After I looked this one up, I realized I should have been able to figure it out.  Obscurantism is the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known.

What new words have you encountered lately?

25 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2009 6:01 am

    I like your new words today. Propolis sounds like and interesting natural product and tumulus is something I see often but didn’t have a word for.

    I have several new words too. They are ready here.

  2. August 26, 2009 6:33 am

    Propolis sounds good to me!

    Here is mine:
    Wednesday: Wondrous Words/A-Z wednesday

  3. August 26, 2009 8:07 am

    So, is berm a synonym for tumulus? Here are mine:

  4. August 26, 2009 8:17 am

    Maybe I can find a way to use “obscurantism” today, if I can remember how to pronounce it.

    My words today are from poetry:

  5. August 26, 2009 8:44 am

    I was thinking propolis sounded kind of gross. But then I was thinking maybe honey is gross too, so I looked it up. Check this out:
    I was going to put honey on my oatmeal this morning but I changed my mind!!!

  6. Carol permalink
    August 26, 2009 9:35 am

    Good words. I didn’t know any of them. Mine are up, too.

  7. August 26, 2009 9:46 am

    Loved your words and the books that you got them from!!

  8. August 26, 2009 9:47 am

    All new to me. I am sure I read obscurantism somewhere.Just not able to pin it where.

    Thanks for increasing my vocabulary

  9. August 26, 2009 9:54 am

    I guess bees have their own building materials too…my words are here:

  10. August 26, 2009 10:25 am

    Fun meme! Interesting words, i learn something new every day.
    I also had to see what a bermudaonion was LOL!!
    Hope you have a great day!
    Natalie :0)

  11. August 26, 2009 10:42 am

    Glad to have you increasing my word power.

    I have one word and one term for you this week, one of which was also the main character’s name in “Whiskey Gulf” – my post is here.

  12. August 26, 2009 11:16 am

    Great words! My words are here.

  13. August 26, 2009 12:05 pm

    I really like ‘obscurantism’, I like the sound of it and the meaning too.

  14. August 26, 2009 12:18 pm

    I knew propolis and tumulus but definitely not the last one 😉

    Propolis is the name of some sort of candy (which I never ate) which has an image of a beehive-pattern on it.

    And tumulus I know because I studied a semester of archaeology. LOL.

    I have an award for you here:

  15. August 26, 2009 1:12 pm

    Those are all new words to me. ‘Obscurantism’ is a good one. My new words are here.

  16. August 26, 2009 1:36 pm

    I haven’t heard of propolis or tumulus before.

    That chat with Lev Grossman was fun. It was my first time taking part in one like that. It was quite exciting and some of Lev’s responses made me laugh. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. =)

  17. August 26, 2009 4:52 pm

    Propolis and tumulus were new ones for me too!

    Here are my words:

  18. August 26, 2009 6:47 pm

    They’re all new to me too!

  19. August 26, 2009 8:56 pm

    These were all new to me too, but I agree that the third one becomes obvious once you look up the meaning!

  20. August 27, 2009 4:49 pm

    These words were all new to me as well. Thanks for sharing!

  21. August 27, 2009 5:17 pm

    I posted mine a little late, but it’s up!

  22. August 27, 2009 9:34 pm

    I love your new words. If I could ever remember to start highlighting new-to-me words, I’d definitely play!

  23. August 27, 2009 11:15 pm

    I’m running late but I did have a post for this week!

  24. August 28, 2009 7:44 pm

    Great words. There are a lot of words from nature that I don’t know so I’m glad you featured these. The third one I knew. I must start keeping notes again so I can do this meme again.

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