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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 1, 2010

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post, and come back to add your link to Mr. Linky!

All of my words this week came from Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff.

1. tedentious – “To the team of extraordinarily tendentious historians, add an extraordinarily spotty record.”

Tedentious is an adjective that means having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose.

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2. lacunae – “The lacunae are so regular as to seem deliberate; there is very nearly a conspiracy of silences.”

Lacunae is the plural of lacuna which means a blank space or missing part.

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3. otiose – “And in the thick of the overlapping, otiose bureaucracy, personal opportunities were rarely lost.”

Otiose means producing no useful result.  Isn’t that the perfect way to describe bureaucracy?

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Have you discovered any new words lately?

23 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 5:27 am

    Excellent words! I was familiar with lacuna, but the others are new.

    My words are musical this week!

  2. December 1, 2010 6:01 am

    Thank you. I never knew what otiose meant. A good word — I think I’ll use it.

  3. December 1, 2010 6:21 am

    Great words again, Kathy….I am participating this week. Hooray!!

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

  4. December 1, 2010 6:30 am

    I’m getting ready to start CLEOPATRA. Looks like I’ll be needing a dictionary!

  5. December 1, 2010 7:27 am

    Otiose is one of those words that I thought I understood, but didn’t really. I’ll have to pass it on to my hubby – as a federal employee, he should be able to use it a LOT!

  6. December 1, 2010 8:19 am

    Tendentious is a very ponderous word, and I had never heard it before, so thanks for sharing the definition! Actually, the only one out of these words that I knew was lacunae.

  7. December 1, 2010 9:37 am

    Otiose is new to me, and does not mean what I think it sounds like it should mean.

  8. December 1, 2010 9:47 am

    You’re right. Otiose does describe bureaucracy well!

  9. December 1, 2010 9:55 am

    Wonderful. Now I don’t have to break out my dictionary for Cleopatra.

  10. December 1, 2010 10:16 am

    Ohhh loving the last one, I like how it rolls of my tongue

  11. December 1, 2010 11:22 am

    Noun 1. witchgrasswitchgrass – North American grass with slender brushy panicles; often a weed on cultivated land
    old witch grass, old witchgrass, Panicum capillare, tumble grass, witch grass
    panic grass – any grass of the genus Panicum; grown for grain and fodder

    2. witchgrasswitchgrass – European grass spreading rapidly by creeping rhizomes; naturalized in North America as a weed
    Agropyron repens, couch grass, dog grass, quack grass, quackgrass, quick grass, witch grass
    wheat-grass, wheatgrass – a grass of the genus Agropyron

    From the book title Witchgrass: A Pipe Dream by Dave Wilkinson.

  12. December 1, 2010 11:41 am

    I didn’t have any words this week Kathy but yours are great. I especially like otiose. I can think of lots of ways to use that one lately! lol

  13. December 1, 2010 11:46 am

    Very interesting words this week. Each one gives me something to think about.

  14. December 1, 2010 12:08 pm

    Kathy, these are terrific words. I’ve written them down for my list. The hard part will be actually using them. One of these days, I may attempt to write a passage using some of the words I’ve encountered on Wondrous Words Wednesdays! 🙂

  15. December 1, 2010 1:55 pm

    Otiose is very true to describe the present state of diplomacy nowadays.

  16. Karen Montgomery permalink
    December 1, 2010 3:44 pm

    Very interesting words! I have quite a few words from two books that are located here: http://myonlinebookjournal.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/wondrous-words-5/.

  17. December 1, 2010 4:16 pm

    Great words! Even though I, too, needed a dictionary, I loved Cleopatra! (Although there was a little part of me that kind of wished Philipa Gregory had joined forces with Stacy Schiff!)

  18. December 1, 2010 6:38 pm

    These are all new to me. I’m finding some in the book I’m reading that the dictionary doesn’t even have. lol.

  19. December 1, 2010 6:45 pm

    Thanks for pushing my IQ up a notch today!! 😀

  20. December 1, 2010 7:15 pm

    Only knew one of three and I am a word person! This is fun. I have been posting Wordless Wednesday for several years, maybe I will have to add this too.

    Happy WWW and WW!

  21. December 2, 2010 6:03 am

    “Lacunae” is SOOOO great! I’m actually about to start Kingsolver’s The Lacuna so this word has been on my mind. Fun!!

  22. December 3, 2010 1:59 pm

    GREAT words! I do appreciate the vocab lessons. I haven’t encountered too many interesting words of late. I expect to see some in my current read, however.

  23. December 4, 2010 3:16 pm

    I love this theme. There’s always something new to learn when I read your posts!

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